by Sam everingham
Posted on 2018-07-17 at 00:07:19
In 1988, after controversially carrying a child for an anonymous US couple for compensation, Kim Cotton established Childlessness Overcome Through Surrogacy, or COTs. To ensure this process is as seamless as possible, organisations including COTs advocate altruistic, rather than paid surrogacy. In 1991, Cotton volunteered to be a surrogate for a couple who were her friends. “I was able to share it directly with the intended parents. They were at the birth. One baby was handed to each parent and it was fantastic,” she recalls. In September 2016, COTS marked a milestone when it’s 1000th baby was born thanks to its ‘surrogate ‘matchmaking’ service.
Australia’s eighth annual surrogacy & donor conference for intended parents for the first time had a whole day devoted to domestic surrogacy. A record crowd of 180 intended parents attended from around the country, to network, and hear from experts, panels of surrogates, parents, egg donors, and donor-conceived children. The success of the event would […]
While Hong Kong, Bangkok and Sydney are popular destinations for Family Building and for a good quality IVF, increasing numbers need a surrogate and such services are harder to access. Yet a global audit of surrogacy agencies in 2018 showed China to be in the top three user nations of cross-border surrogacy globally. In the […]
Surrogacy can fall into the categories of altruistic or commercial. Altruistic surrogacy means that the surrogate derives no financial benefit from being a surrogate with the exception of having her reasonable expenses of the surrogacy paid. Commercial surrogacy is the opposite, being an arrangement whereby the surrogate obtains a financial benefit beyond her expenses for […]