Surrogacy – Happy Friday and TGIF! Summer is almost here, so I hope that everyone has a great weekend. Below are some updates that are of great interest to all. Let me know your thoughts. Again, you know mine regarding surrogacy in India, so I will not continue to rant.
Michigan – I am so happy to hear how these families are trying to get “back to normal” after what they have been through. It is also refreshing that this story, albeit a tragedy in many ways, has a positive ending with the birth of this beautiful baby.
A Michigan couple whose baby was carried and delivered by another woman because of a rare frozen embryo mix-up is sharing the extraordinary story.
Paul and Shannon Morell have co-written a book due out Tuesday called “Misconception.” It chronicles the Detroit-area couple’s saga after learning another woman was pregnant with their child.
A fertility clinic had mistakenly implanted the Morells’ embryos in Carolyn Savage of Sylvania, Ohio. The Morells say they have reached a confidential settlement with the unidentified clinic.
Savage and her husband, Sean, never considered having an abortion or raising the child. Carolyn gave birth to Logan last September.
The Morells said the couples are friendly and stay in touch. The Savages say it’s been a difficult time for them.
Canada – Fertility doctors are declaring that the laws of Canada are leaving them in limbo.
Fertility doctors say they are becoming increasingly frustrated with the lack of guidance from Canada’s $10-million-a-year assisted-reproduction agency, with one physician calling its oversight of the controversial field a “farce.”
Some clinics try to abide strictly by a 2004 law banning the trade in sperm, eggs and surrogate-mother services, but the three-year-old agency meant to oversee the area offers no advice on where to draw the line, and ignores those who flout the rules, doctors charge.
As a result, practices vary from facility to facility, and desperate, childless couples sometimes feel driven to buy eggs or sperm over the Internet, taking “horrible” risks, physicians say.
Their comments come as the unexpected resignation of two board members of Assisted Human Reproduction Canada (AHRC) recently cast a further shadow over the organization.
India & Germany – Well, finally, India has approved the special case of a German couple to be able to adopt their twins so that the country of Germany will accept them. Ladies and gentlemen, this has taken two years!
New Delhi: The Central Adoption Resource Agency (CARA) has agreed to give a No Objection Certiciate as a special case to German national John Balaz and his wife for adopting the twins born through a surrogate Indian mother, the government today told the Supreme Court.
Government counsel Dewash Mehta told a bench of Justices G S Singhvi and Asok Kumar Ganguly that while CARA had agreed to permit the couple to adopt the children, it was now for the German government to take a decision on granting visas to the twin.
The apex court had passed the direction after the couple told the Bench that they were willing to go for an inter-country adoption as surrogacy is a punishable offence in Germany.
India – Clinics are being warned against misleading childless couple.
The Indian Medical Association has advised fertility clinics to ensure that they obtain the permission of childless couples before using ova and sperm obtained from third-party donors for IVF insemination.
Many childless couples desirous of conceiving their own biological child through the In-Vitro Fertilisation (IVF) technique have recently been “cheated” by fertility clinics which substituted the couple’s biological genetic material with donor egg or sperm simply to assure success of conception.
IVF is a technique, in which fertilisation occurs in vitro (in a glass dish). The sperm and egg are combined in a laboratory dish, and after fertilisation, the embryo is transplanted in the uterus.
Dr Kaveri banerjee, IVF specialist Max HealthCare said, “IVF is mainly to get your own genetic child which you are not able to produce naturally. In 95 per cent cases, the couple’s own eggs and sperm are used. In case of donor egg or donor sperm or both — which is small in number, client’s consent is taken.”
In cases of doubt, where couples feel donor material was used, doctors advise genetic testing of the child conceived.