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

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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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I Just Wanted a Baby, But Surrogacy Gave Me So Much More

Written by Lauri on January 24, 2020

When I started telling people I was having a baby with a gestational surrogate, the responses ranged from awkwardly supportive to just awkward. A woman at a party congratulated me, praised me for being so clever, so ahead of the times. “Ugh, you’re brilliant,” she told me. I’d have someone else do the dirty work of motherhood for me. Genius.

Others wanted me to know I was in good company: Kim Kardashian had just been through the process. So had Gabrielle Union. And Andy

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Surrogacy is misunderstood and unfairly maligned. We need to change the narrative.

Written by Lauri on January 24, 2020

Even in this day and age, surrogacy is still misunderstood. Here are 2 women from different walks of life who needed to use surrogates (due to medical situations) to complete their families. Read below:

When I was pregnant with my son, I didn’t announce anything. I let photos of my growing bump speak for themselves. With twins on the way now, I’ve given a lot of thought to how to share the news because this

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How One Company Makes New Parenthood a Little Less Stressful for Its Employees

Written by Lauri on January 24, 2020

No two families are exactly the same, and with that, neither are their journeys to parenthood. For Joe and Nathan Matuszewski, featured in the mini-documentary above, becoming parents meant growing their family through surrogacy — which included coming face to face with the heartbreak of several failed pregnancies along the way.

Joe, an EY audit partner based in Cleveland, said he and his husband Nathan were nearly out of resources, embryos, and emotional bandwidth when they finally welcomed their first daughter, Addyson, to the family. “It’s

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Anti IVF and surrogacy Federal Judge just appointed

Written by Lauri on December 12, 2019

Despite being lambasted by reproductive rights advocates for her vigorous opposition to abortion, surrogacy and in vitro fertilization and called unqualified, Sarah Pitlyk was appointed by Republicans in the Senate to the U.S. District Court in St. Louis Missouri.

Pitlyk, the latest of President Trump’s nominees to receive a “not qualified” rating from the American Bar Association, has asserted that “the practice of surrogacy has grave effects on society, such as diminished respect for motherhood and the unique mother-child bond.” She

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