Shady surrogacy agencies exist, Intended Parents beware!!

Yesterday the New York Times carried a story about a Mexican surrogacy agency that took intended parents money, but failed to deliver on it promises. Many points illustrated in the story are vital for all intended parents.  First, if you are looking to save costs, think long and hard about going outside of California or the United States.  Second, be certain you know and properly investigate your agency and potential surrogate.  Assure that they have professionals running the business who have great reputations and all is legally correct.  Thankfully, in California, there is a regulatory scheme that can prevent much of the.
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lgbt assisted reproduction options increasing

Fertility issues faced by heterosexual couples embarking on new family creation are similar to those of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals (LGBT).  However, this latter group (LGBT) often face additional psychological, social, and legal challenges in becoming parents. A recent interview with a fertility physician and reproductive biologist, appearing in LGBT Health, is a comprehensive overview of advances in assisted reproduction, current practices, and options available for new family creation. Omega Family Global finds the interview comprehensive and informative, so we share. The review entitled, LGBT Assisted Reproduction: Current Practice and Future Possibilities can be found by clicking the link. Article Citation: EylerA..
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China has a booming illegal underground surrogacy market

Today the New York Times reported on Chinas booming underground surrogacy market.  While surrogacy is not legal in China, and people are limited to one child, a market has cropped up to meet local demand. Interestingly, the reported cost ($240,000) of using this underground system is equal or more to that in California, where it is legal.  The New York Times article goes on to report the surrogates are essentially confined and brainwashed thought the process to prevent them from keeping the baby. Why not come to California where surrogacy is legal, nobody is exploited, and the cost is less?
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Thailand surrogacy situation hits global news: preventable conundrum

Previously Omega Family Global has blogged about the ethics and best practices in surrogacy.  We have advised many potential clients to not go abroad for new family creation where laws and best practices are less stringent. This past week has seen many news outlets reporting on the tragic story of the young Thai surrogate and the Downs Syndrome baby supposedly left behind by the Intended Australian parents.  One story on the topic can be found here (Reuters).  It also seems some early reports on this case did not accurately report the situation. California laws and best practices prevent such tragedies.
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