Tuesday, November 8, 2016

We are so proud to be a part of this surrogacy journey with Celynn McManus and her husband and their amazing surrogate and her family. Please follow both side’s journey through surrogacy, you can read about the IP experiences on their blog: http://www.ourpeaherpod.com/blog
Then get a view from the other side as you follow their surrogates experience: http://www.bunjourney.weebly.com/
Celynn and her Hubbie on the left. Their surrogate and her Hubbie on the right.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Surrogacy laws for single parents in the UK to change after court ruling

Surrogacy laws which prevent single people from claiming parental rights are set to change following a ruling by the Family Division of the High Court.

 The court ruled earlier this month that a single man who fathered a child via a surrogate mother had his right to raise the child discriminated against.

 The man claimed the current law meant an application for a "parental order" could only be made by two people.

The government said it was now considering updating the legislation.

The child was born in August 2014 in Minnesota in the US, to an American surrogate mother using the father's sperm and a third party donor's egg.

The father then returned to the UK, bringing the child, known in court as “Z”, with him. But legally he did not have parental responsibility for the child, as under British law the surrogate mother is regarded as his mother, whatever the wishes of either party.

The current laws, the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 2008, allow married couples, civil partners and couples in an "enduring family relationship" to apply for parental orders after a surrogacy arrangement.

This transfers legal parenthood from the surrogate mother to the commissioning parents. But the legislation does not currently allow parental orders to be awarded to single people.

In this case, the only option available to the would-be father was to apply to adopt the child.

Sir James Munby, the most senior family court judge in England and Wales, has agreed with the father, who said the legislation was incompatible with human rights laws.

The president of the Family Division of the High Court made a "declaration of incompatibility" in a ruling, after considering the case at a hearing in London.

He also said the child had been made a ward of court at an earlier stage of litigation and been placed in his father's care.

Adoption 'solution'

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt's legal team had accepted that provisions of the Act were incompatible with human rights covering respect for family life and discrimination.

Barrister Samantha Broadfoot, representing Mr Hunt, told the judge: "It is accepted that there is a difference in treatment between a single person entering into a lawful surrogacy arrangement and a couple entering the same arrangement."

She did add that adoption was an "available solution".

Sir James gave the man permission to make further applications relating to parental status.

A Department of Health spokeswoman said: "We accept this judgment from the High Court. We will be looking to update the legislation on parental orders, and are considering how best to do this."

Friday, February 26, 2016

SSA at Families Through Surrogacy seminar in Australia

Lauri and Kathryn are in Australia in support of Families Through Surrogacy, who is hosting a multi city seminar series on what’s new in surrogacy.

Here are some of Lauri's notes:

Our first seminar session was in Sydney – very well attended – probably about 40 people.  Kathryn and I spoke about “Costs of Surrogacy in the US” – why it’s so expensive and how to keep costs down.   And “what makes a good surrogacy match” --- how an agency should match IPs with surrogates, what’s important, etc.

Lots of interest from the audience and looks like SSA will be helping lots of Aussies to do surrogacy in the States.  We loved talking with the Aussies, what a great group of people!

Surrogacy is legal in Australia but it is uncompensated, and very difficult to make happen.

Sam Everingham from Families Through gave a presentation that reviewed the current status of all international countries for surrogacy; it was a wonderful presentation with new facts and information, click here for the pdf, FTS surrogacy presentation.

The take away from the presentation is the US is quickly becoming the only really legal place to do surrogacy; there are some other options, like Cambodia, Greece and Nigeria.  But all of these countries have serious downsides.  Sadly Mexico is pretty much closed, ending its surrogacy program. Thailand is closed, India is now closed and Nepal is “sort of open” but is very questionable.

Next, we did conference in Gold Coast, which had a much smaller turnout, but we spoke with a few people who made strong impacts on us.  One mother in law, probably in her 60s, was a surrogate for her daughter in law – how amazing!! – but she lost the baby at 23 weeks.  So tragic and heart wrenching.

We had a short break in Cairns, where we went diving at the Great Barrier Reef, it so wonderful!

Next stop for the seminar is in Adelaide, then on to Perth, and finally in Melbourne.

We’ll keep you posted of all the information that comes out the seminar!

Friday, May 7, 2010

This week Global IVF is featuring Dr. Viken Sahakian

This week Global IVF is featuring Dr. Viken Sahakian who is Board Certified in both Obstetrics/Gynecology and Reproductive Endocrinology & Infertility and assumes teaching responsibilities at Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology at UCLA Hospitals. His clinic, Pacific Fertility Center is located in Los Angeles.

Dr. Sahakian has performed over 6000 IVF procedures and is responsible for the birth of over 3000 babies all over the world. He, along with his colleagues, pioneered the most revolutionary financial program in modern medicine, the IVF Refund Plan. Now for the first time, the doctor was willing to assume risk in treating women with infertility. He was able to achieve this by having consistently higher success rates. This program has forever changed the way we practice medicine in the field of reproductive sciences.

Dr. Sahakian also specializes in treating patients with advanced maternal age including postmenopausal women seeking infertility treatment through egg donation. He is responsible for the oldest woman on record to have given birth at the age of 67.

Hundreds of same sex partners have also been helped by Dr. Sahakian in achieving their dream of building a family through egg donation and surrogacy.

It is his mission to help couples with infertility and to be there for them every step of the way.
Please visit http://www.globalivf.com/expert-interviews.php at GlobalIVF.com to listen to Dr. Sahakian to learn more. While you are on Global IVF please take the time to sign up for our newsletters and join our online community. Your input and feed back are what makes Global IVF so successful!

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Research study: Cross-Border Infertility Treatment (CBIT)

You are invited to take part in a research study exploring what motivates patients to travel to another country for infertility treatment and to learn about their experiences during treatment.

Who can take part?

Anyone who has gone outside their home country for infertility treatment, has access to the internet and is able to communicate in English.

What will you have to do?

The information will be collected via an individual email interview, to be conducted in the strictest confidence with your anonymity assured. You will be asked demographic questions (e.g. age, educational level) and 8 questions relating to your cross-border infertility treatment. These will be sent to you one at a time, and each question may be followed by supplementaryquestions. The whole email discussion is expected to be completed within 3weeks.

How to participate.

To take part in this study, please contact Steve Lui at the following confidential email address: cbit@hud.ac.uk.


This study has gained approval from the School Research Ethics Panel of theSchool of Human and Health Sciences, University of Huddersfield.Research team

Supervisors: Professor Eric Blyth, http://www2.hud.ac.uk/hhs/staff/shumedb.php

Address: School of Human and Health Sciences Harold Wilson Building, University of Huddersfield, Queensgate,Huddersfield. England HD1 3DH http://www2.hud.ac.uk/hhs/

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Happy St. Patrick's Day

Happy St. Patrick's Day!
St. Patrick's Day is an enchanted time - a day to begin transforming winter's dreams into summer's magic. ~Adrienne Cook

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Sunday, March 14, 2010

Global IVF Video Guest Expert Series: Dr. Daniel Potter of Huntington Reproductive Center

Global IVF strives to bring you the most current and useful information regarding all things infertility related around the world. Every month, Global IVF features ‘experts’ in their field – a reproductive endocrinologist, a reproductive clinic, an embryologist, a reproductive lawyer, a medical tourism company, a therapist, etc. Not only will you be privy to their inside information and expertise, with many of them you will have the chance to ask and get answers to your own specific questions!

This week Global IVF is featuring Guest Expert Dr. Daniel Potter of Huntington Reproductive Center and MicroSort West in Laguna Beach CA. This is the first video in a three part series featuring Dr. Potter. Doctor Potter’s active research interests include gender selection, ovarian reserve testing, endometrial preparation for IVF with donor egg, embryo cryopreservation and frozen embryo transfer. Dr. Potter is also author of the book: What to Do When You Can't Get Pregnant: The Complete Guide to All the Technologies for Couples Facing Fertility Problems (Marlow and Company, New York, New York 2005.) Please visit http://www.globalivf.com/expert-profiles2.php at GlobalIVF.com.

About Global IVF:

To fill the niche in the ever-growing trend in cross-border travel for reproductive care, Kathryn Kaycoff-Manos and Lauri Berger de Brito founded Global IVF.com, the ultimate Global Guide devoted to Infertility and all related services available worldwide.

Free membership to GlobalIVF.com also includes bi-monthly newsletters and full access to Global IVF’s blogs and online chat forums, allowing intended parents to share experiences and collect advice about specific clinics and treatments currently offered worldwide.

About The Founders:

After working for a combined thirty-five years producing television shows for network and cable TV, Ms. Kaycoff-Manos and Ms. de Brito redirected their creative, managerial and people skills into helping others. It was years of their own personal fertility struggles -- where the two independently underwent numerous fertility-related surgeries, alternative and controversial treatments, multiple miscarriages, IVFs, three egg donors and four surrogates before successfully having their own families – that naturally transformed them from television producers to baby producers.

In 2004, they opened Agency for Surrogacy Solutions, Inc. in Los Angeles, where they took their business acumen and compassion and created one of the world’s most successful and well-respected surrogacy agencies. They later expanded it to include Agency for Fertility Solutions, which offers fertility plans, financial counseling and personalized egg donor searches. Their dealings with fertility patients from across the globe alerted them to the strong need for a website where IVF travelers from all corners of the earth could find informative, up-to-date information on services worldwide, connect with experts, and share experiences with fellow IVF travelers in one place. To fill this ever-growing niche, GlobalIVF.com was created.

Besides bringing their heads and hearts to helping people unravel their fertility options, Ms. de Brito and Ms. Kaycoff-Manos have developed extremely strong relationships with the country's top infertility clinics, psychologists, attorneys, and support personnel. Both women are sought-after speakers at fertility conferences and groups throughout the United States and on the internet. They've written and appeared in numerous magazine articles and on radio and television programs. Ms. de Brito and Ms. Kaycoff-Manos are currently collaborating on a book focusing on Cross-Border IVF Travelers.

GLOBAL IVF: To learn more about Global IVF, visit www.GlobalIVF.com. To advertise on the site, or to be a featured expert, email Marketing@GlobalIVF.com or call 818.232.9300.