by Sam Everingham
Posted on 2019-12-14 at 00:37:09
Shane was 39 & Julie 38 when they approached Families Through Surrogacy for advice in September 2018. Julie had a congenital anomaly – Androgen insensitivity Syndrome – which meant she could not carry a child. A few weeks later they were enrolled in a Georgia-based surrogacy program. In November they selected a pre-screened egg donor and travelled to Tbilisi, where Shane was to provide his sperm to create embryos. Their surrogate was chosen and their first transfer was successful. Shane & Julie welcomed a boy Ragnar on 19 August 2019. There was a 4 week delay in getting a birth certificate, due to a Georgian government policy change (now resolved). Shane will discuss the highs and lows of their experience and living in a foreign city with a newborn.
In my capacity as an expert on cross-border surrogacy globally, I was invited to an International Forum In Cambridge, UK on 29-30 June this year. Experts were weighted towards lawyers and non-profits from the UK, US & Australia, with reasonable representation from Switzerland, China, Hong Kong, South Africa & New Zealand and much smaller representation of […]
For many couples who have experienced medical complications in pregnancy, including the heartbreak of late miscarriage or still-birth, working with a surrogate to create their family becomes the best way forward. However surrogacy arrangements can be complicated emotionally and logistically. Our information days profile surrogates, egg donors and parents who have gone down this route. […]
Surrogacy is an exciting journey and an ideal option when you are unable to conceive on your own. However the current Covid-19 pandemic brings added stress to both surrogates and intended parents, particularly when working at a great distance from each other. So during surrogacy arrangements now more than ever, a relaxed mind is essential […]