Well it took nearly a year, but our surrogate twins finally got their British Birth Certificates issued last week. Unlike when a baby is born naturally, it isn’t simply a case of applying to the registrar and filling a in a form. Continue reading “British Birth Certificates for USA-born Surrogate Babies” »
“If you and your husband, wife or partner are having a child through surrogacy you will not normally be eligible for statutory maternity or adoption leave. However you will be eligible for unpaid parental leave once you have got a parental order.” So says the DirectGov website advice on Maternity Leave.
Why? There is clearly a level of discrimination taking place here. Having a child, a baby, through whatever means…giving birth, adopting or with the help of a surrogate mother, should be considered equal upon the baby’s arrival and the family should be supported by Government policy. Continue reading “Surrogacy Maternity Leave Inequality” »
Surrogacy is a pretty complex area to get your head around, and it’s especially challenging to explain surrogacy to children. How do you educate your children when you are acting as a surrogate, when you are the intended parents of a surrogate baby, or indeed when trying to explain the unique circumstances of your child’s birth story when they themselves were delivered by a surrogate mother? Continue reading “Surrogacy Book Review: The Kangaroo Pouch” »
In summary, a British couple paid Indian surrogates to give birth to their children and have just been granted parental orders in the British High Court.
Once in a while these stories appear in the national press, but interestingly parental orders are issued to UK parents of international surrogate babies much more often than is reported. At our first hearing in the High Court we were one of three couples appearing that day requesting parental orders!
However, this is the first time I am aware of where a surrogacy arrangement in India has been publicly granted a parental order. The Judge, in this case Sir Nicholas Wall, has to feel confident that the amount paid would not ’overbear the will of the surrogate’, and this can be more questionable in India due to the low average earnings.
Nonetheless, parental orders have been duly granted and above all, the welfare of the children was again considered paramount in an echo of similar cases where Justice Hedley has published similar outcomes. All good news for British couples looking in to international surrogacy to overcome infertility.
Surrogacy. Some people look at you strangely, not quite understanding the word’s meaning. And fair enough. It’s not every day you meet a woman who has a biological child carried through gestation by a surrogate mother and handed to her at birth. But then maybe you have never met someone who couldn’t carry their own baby and had the determination, drive and imagination to make the dream of having a biological child through surrogacy a reality. Or maybe you are that person too, with those same dreams? Continue reading “Surrogacy: going public…” »