Surrogacy Is Complicated—Then Add a Global Pandemic

By Daniela Prugger And Oksana Parafeniuk | Marie Claire | May 17, 2020

In the wake of a video highlighting the state of surrogacy in Ukraine during COVID-19, Arina, a surrogate in Ukraine, shares her experience in lockdown. She is 28 weeks pregnant and separated from her children in another city, and the intended parents are currently unable to fly into Ukraine due to closed borders. She lists a number of concerns, including how the pandemic protocols will impact her birth plan and who will care for the child after she gives birth.

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100 Babies Stranded in Ukraine After Surrogate Births

By Andrew E. Kramer | New York Times | May 16, 2020

This article not only covers the situation in Ukraine, where at least 100 babies born to surrogates are stranded in a hotel, but also provides background on surrogacy practices in a country at war and the poorest nation in Europe.

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Surrogates Left Holding the Baby as Coronavirus Rules Strand Parents

By Sirin Kale | The Guardian | May 14, 2020

This article features the stories of surrogates, intended parents, and children born through international surrogacy arrangements, whose circumstances have been drastically altered due to coronavirus restrictions. A surrogate in the US was asked by intended parents to look after the newborn after travel limitations made them unable to travel from China. An Israeli gay couple have been stuck in a New Jersey hotel room after flying with their four year-old son to meet their baby born to a surrogate in the US. Now they are unable to fly back to Israel because they cannot obtain the proper travel documents, and face mounting costs from their unexpected lengthy stay.

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Will 51 Mothers Ever See Their Babies Trapped in Coronavirus Lockdown?

By Anna Nemtsova | The Daily Beast | May 14, 2020

Since Ukraine has closed its borders to foreign travel due to COVID-19, the number of children born to surrogate mothers continues to rise. As intended parents are unable to travel to their children, BioTexCom, a surrogacy agency in Ukraine, has since released a video showing the rows of cribs in a hotel where babysitters are caring for 50+ newborns. Hundreds more will be born in coming months.  This article highlights how the lack of regulation in Ukraine has led to terrible conditions for surrogates, uncertainty for intended parents and children, and exacerbated conditions in lockdown.

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Gujarat: Babies Stuck in Surrogacy Hub, Parents Wait for Travel Nod

By Aditi Raja | The Indian Express | May 5, 2020

Among those stranded due to the coronavirus lockdown are more than a dozen newborns in Gujarat, India. This article highlights the Akanksha Infertility Centre, one of the biggest surrogacy facilities in the country, and how they have been dealing with the impact of the travel restrictions. According to the article, some of the babies have been waiting for more than a month for their biological parents to take them home. Staff and the NICU doctor are caring for them in the meantime.

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American Surrogate: 30 Months Later

By Gregory Warner | Rough Translation, NPR | April 29, 2020

In 2017, NPR ran a story of a Chinese woman who hired an American surrogate, what brought them together, and the challenges in their relationship. The original podcast is followed by interviews of the two women providing updates about their lives during the time of COVID-19.

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