Fertility Industry Growth Expected Despite COVID-19 Headwinds

Bianca Facchinei | Newsy | November 27, 2020

This Newsy video highlights the likelihood that the international surrogacy industry will continue to grow despite barriers that have emerged from the COVID-19 pandemic. Fertility clinics have been caring for babies stranded from parents, costs have risen, and parents face barriers obtaining necessary passports and visas. Surrogacy360’s own Emily Galpern weighs in on the matter as a featured expert; she cautions against entering into international surrogacy arrangements amidst the pandemic and observes that the current situation reflects concerns that existed prior to the pandemic.

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Spanish Parents Finally Reach Surrogate Baby in Ukraine

By Nick Connolly and Enrique Anarte | DW News | June 11, 2020

This video features the journey of a Spanish couple to meet their baby born to a surrogate one month prior in Ukraine, during the COVID-19 lockdown. The interviewer explains how they traveled over 10,000 kilometers from Madrid to Ukraine and back again after being turned away at the border due to insufficient documents. In order for their daughter to be recognized as a citizen in Spain, where surrogacy is illegal, the couple will likely have to go to court.

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Argentine Couple Finally Meet Son Born to Surrogate Mother

By Abdujalil Abdurasulov and Hanna Chornous | BBC | June 11, 2020

In this video, BBC follows Jose and Flavia as they arrive in Ukraine from Argentina during the COVID-19 pandemic to finally meet their son, born to a surrogate 10 weeks before. The video also highlights the problematic nature of the surrogacy industry by featuring the story of Bridget, conceived 4 years prior at the same clinic, but whose US parents abandoned her when she was born with serious health problems.

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A Surrogate Opens Up About Carrying Another Couple’s Baby in the Midst of a Pandemic

By Beth Greenfield | Yahoo News | April 13, 2020

In this article and video interview, Chelsea Hernandez, who is in the midst of her second journey as a gestational surrogate, shares her experience as a surrogate during the COVID-19 pandemic, finding this time around to be much stranger and uncertain than the first.

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Egg-freezing: What’s the Success Rate?

BBC News | February 17, 2020

Lord Winston is a professor of fertility studies who is calling into question the UK Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority’s advertised success rate of pregnancy using frozen eggs. As this article and video explain, his estimates rely on measuring the success rate at a different stage of fertility treatment, which—he says—is more accurate than the one used by the HFEA.

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OHSS, the IVF Side-Effect Making Women’s Fertility Journeys ‘Agony’

By Sophie Wilkinson | HuffPost | February 8, 2020

IVF has become the go-to treatment for many people struggling with infertility. However, many patients aren’t made aware of the risk of ovarian hyper stimulation syndrome (OHSS), which can create agonizing pain as well as affect fertility. This article and video examine the realities of IVF and OHSS.

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