Stranded Families, Surrogacy, And COVID-19

Written by Lauri on March 26, 2020

By ELLEN TRACHMAN

Last week, I wrote about the latest intense challenges to surrogacy in the United States due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Essentially, most in vitro fertilization (IVF) and surrogacy has stopped. So unfortunately, that’s the end of assisted reproductive technology in the United States, for now, with narrow exceptions for urgent treatments and those already in progress.

OK, great -– growing families is important, but so is keeping everyone as safe as possible in unprecedented times. However, for all the surrogacy pregnancies currently

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Lance Bass Confirms Losing Baby via Surrogate

Written by Lauri on March 26, 2020

Lance Bass has confirmed that he and husband Michael Turchin lost a baby boy eight weeks after their surrogate became pregnant. The sad news came on their ninth attempt to have a child together via surrogacy.

“We unfortunately lost him after eight weeks, which happens to pretty much everyone when you’re going through IVF. I didn’t even know that as we were going through this, but we’ve met so many great couples who have the same story,” the former NSYNC singer, who appeared on the

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Getting Pregnant Was a Challenge. Then the Coronavirus Happened.

Written by Lauri on March 26, 2020

Women across the U.S. are learning that their fertility procedures need to be postponed for an indefinite period of time.

 

Fertility doctors across the country are canceling appointments and temporarily halting new cycles.Credit…Getty Images

 

 

As the coronavirus continues to spread across the globe, we’re working to answer the questions on many parents’ minds. This is a fast-moving situation, so some information may be outdated. For the latest updates, read The New York Times’s live coronavirus coverage here.

After nearly two years of

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COVID-19 Update from Agency for Surrogacy Solutions, Inc.

Written by Lauri on March 20, 2020

 

To our GSs, IPs and Colleagues,

 

We all know what a difficult and confusing time this is for everyone. There is so much uncertainty for everyone involved and we are all trying to provide a safety net, information and support to all who need it. It has always been our mission as an agency that our entire staff be available to offer support and assistance whenever needed. Please rest assured that our Case Managers, Surrogate Coordinators, other staff members, and Lauri & Kathryn are all available and

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Coronavirus: What we know so far about risks to pregnancy and babies

Written by Lauri on March 18, 2020

Pregnant people don’t seem to be at greater risk of experiencing severe covid-19, and the virus doesn’t seem to pass to fetuses, but there’s still a lot we don’t know

 
HEALTH 16 March 2020

 
There haven’t been many studies of covid-19 in pregnancy yet

Mike Harrington/Getty Images

As cases of covid-19 continue to multiply around the world, we are all being advised to take precautions to avoid getting infected, whether that is singing your favourite 20-second tune while washing your hands, avoiding

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Canada: The Cost Of Surrogacy In Canada

Written by Lauri on March 18, 2020

A recent article from CBC News Vancouver, “Why a lack of oversight of surrogacy in Canada leaves some parents feeling taken advantage of” raises questions about the level of transparency and oversight in the surrogacy process in Canada.

In Canada, it is illegal to pay a surrogate to be a surrogate (and carries a maximum penalty of $500,000 and up to 10 years in prison), but it is not illegal to reimburse her for specific allowed expenses. In June 2020, changes

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Life Whisperer Global Partnership With – Fertility Road

Written by Lauri on February 25, 2020

Fertility Road announces exclusive global partnership with AI company Life Whisperer

 

A new partnership brings together Fertility Road and Life Whisperer two leaders in the global fertility market and paves the way for a leap forward in the way scientists choose the most viable embryos in the IVF selection process.

Fertility Road is the world’s leading preconception platform for patients and has, over a decade been at the forefront of promoting emerging technologies, treatments and support to fertility patients across the globe. Working across five

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Growing Families Conference – Surrogacy & Donor Conception

Written by Lauri on February 7, 2020

For many Australian couples who have experienced medical complications in pregnancy, or for whom carrying a baby is not physically or medically possible, working with a surrogate to create their family becomes the best way forward to create a family.

Coming to this decision may be difficult and fraught with intense emotion, or it may be something you’ve known would be the case for a long time and it just is. However, knowing where to start to begin the process is

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Should Germany’s ban on egg donation be lifted?

Written by Lauri on February 4, 2020

Germany is one of the few European countries where surrogate motherhood and egg donation are completely banned. But there is a growing movement for overturning, or at least softening, a law many consider outdated.

    

It’s time that women in Germany were allowed to donate eggs and become surrogate mothers, according to at least one of the country’s major political parties, as well as the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina.

Germany is one of only four countries in central and western Europe

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South Dakota lawmaker introduces bill that would ban commercial surrogacy in the state

Written by Lauri on January 27, 2020

PIERRE, S.D. — South Dakota lawmakers have introduced a bill that would prohibit commercial surrogacy contracts and provide a penalty for facilitating a commercial surrogacy.

House Bill 1096 was introduced by state Rep. Jon Hansen, R-Dell Rapids, on Sunday, Jan. 26.

The bill has seven other co-sponsors.

According to the bill text, “any broker who knowingly engages in, advertises services for, offers payment of money or other consideration for, profits from, solicits a woman for, or otherwise assists or participates in commercial surrogacy”

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