Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Families Through Surrogacy Event - March 15th in San Francisco

Kim will be speaking at the Families Through Surrogacy event to be held on March 15th.  This is an opportunity for those interested in surrogacy, both domestically and internationally, to learn from experts and from Intended Parents both in the surrogacy process currently, and those who are parents through surrogacy.   We will be discussing all aspects of the process, with the goal of promoting the Educated Intended Parent.  http://www.familiesthrusurrogacy.com/global-conferences/us-conference#conf-schedule-us

In addition, Complete Surrogacy Solutions and Eggspecting, Inc. will be holding an information session on Sunday hosted by the group, www.gayfuturedads.org. Location and time to be announced shortly!

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Complete Surrogacy Solutions to offer surrogacy options in the US!

Coming soon!!!   Exciting times ahead.   We want to be able to offer the best options in a few select locations/countries for our Intended Parents, and US surrogacy is an option for many people.   We will be following if and how Obamacare may or may not assist with the medical costs for the surrogate and infant.   This will become more clear in the months ahead.

We also are working on our legal resources in the UK, US and Australia.  We're focusing on legal aspects of second parent rights in Thailand for all interested in establishing those rights, given that the birth mother in Thailand is on the birth certificate and retains some rights under Thai law.   As with an "open adoption", there is some risk in this scenario, though likely mitigated and manageable.  It's a big job, and rules do vary from country to country. And it takes TIME. Remember these things don't happen overnight, and we want all of our clients to have full understanding of the laws in each country.

Clearly, this is not a 9-5 job, we find ourselves thinking of surrogacy and nothing but surrogacy and babies 24 hours a day.   I (Kim) even dream about babies - babies in hammocks, babies in carriers, babies on airplanes - they're everywhere!


Monday, February 3, 2014

Surrogacy in Thailand - the boom is now!

The last few weeks have been quite a blur of activity in Thailand for those pursuing surrogacy.  The Israeli government's delay of entry for babies born created quite a stir in the International community.   As of right now, for the US Australia and the UK, it's business as usual.   The rules have always been the rules.  Everyone needs to understand that there might be some delays along the way, and to be sure to have the proper documents prepared and ready for the exit process.  Over document whenever you can.

All of my clients are prepared, and the last few weeks have been crazy with inquiries coming in to CSS from all over the world.  Unfortunately, some countries we just can't work with because of the laws in the home country which outright ban commercial surrogacy arrangements.

We are filling up quickly for our April cycle, and the June cycle is starting strong as well.  We also have lots of individual cycles starting in both India and Bangkok.

I'm asked "where next?" should surrogacy be banned in Thailand as in India for singles.   I wish I could have a good answer, because the other alternatives I'm seeing just do not make safe sense.   We have to remember that we are dealing with human lives, not material objects.  We have to keep rational thought about where it is medically safe for both the surrogate and the baby she carries.   Consider things like high level NICUs in case of prematurity, or complex medical situations for the surrogate herself -  some countries and areas are prohibitive to what constitutes a safe medical environment.  Don't take the cheapest easiest route in this, it usually leads to more money out of pocket.  Research and imagine yourself seeking medical treatment in the area in which you are considering surrogacy.  If you wouldn't feel safe having basic procedures done in a certain area, how can it be okay for a woman to give birth to your child there?
Just my thoughts as we forge ahead and look around for safe options for surrogacy.   I know that I have my own limits on where I'll lead people.  Some others just don't.  This is a big big picture journey.  Not a trip to Ikea.