Update on Surrogacy in Cambodia

We have been patiently waiting to learn the outcome of the legal trial of Tammy Davis-Charles, the Australian nurse who was working in Cambodia arranging surrogacy pregnancies for Australians and other foreign nationals, prior to the Cambodian Government crackdown on the practice late last year.  Well, the sentences came down a couple of days ago,Continue reading “Update on Surrogacy in Cambodia”

Surrogacy in India – what’s happening now?

Despite the 2016 legislative changes in Indian surrogacy, which have effectively prohibited foreigners from undertaking surrogacy arrangements in that country, it appears that little may have changed there, with some fertility centres still providing services illegally to foreign nationals, with the use of “surrogate houses”.  Putting aside the obvious ethical and social issues associated withContinue reading “Surrogacy in India – what’s happening now?”

Surrogacy in Mexico

I have recently noticed that a number of organisations (many of which would profit from ongoing provision of surrogacy arrangements in Mexico) are crowing that surrogacy is still legal for foreign nationals in all but 1 Mexican state. What they are saying is true, but it is really important to keep this in perspective. The oneContinue reading “Surrogacy in Mexico”

Surrogacy in Mexico

A number of organisations (some of which directly profit from the provision of surrogacy services) are currently saying that surrogacy is legal for foreign nationals in all states of Mexico, except Tabasco.  This is kind-of true: in reality, it isn’t necessarily legal in these states, it just isn’t illegal.   Until recently, Tabasco was the “go-to”Continue reading “Surrogacy in Mexico”

Exit strategy for surrogacy families stuck in Cambodia?

The legal nightmare of Cambodian surrogacy continues, but it appears that a breakthrough might be approaching. The Cambodia Daily newspaper reported last month that work was being undertaken to expedite a strategy to permit families to leave Cambodia with the babies born through surrogacy.  Information on how this is developing seems pretty thin on theContinue reading “Exit strategy for surrogacy families stuck in Cambodia?”

10 Australian families still stranded in Cambodia, with up to 50 babies yet to be born.

The completely foreseeable disaster of Cambodian surrogacy continues to unravel, with this article claiming that around Australian families are currently stranded in Cambodia with their infants, and up to 50 more surrogates are currently pregnant in Cambodia for Australian IPs. Cambodia has abruptly acted to end the practice of surrogacy in that country, but it appearsContinue reading “10 Australian families still stranded in Cambodia, with up to 50 babies yet to be born.”

Pathways to surrogacy

I just found this article examining various experiences of women who have become surrogates in Australia. The article is a couple of years old, but worth sharing here regardless http://www.smh.com.au/good-weekend/australian-surrogate-mothers-discuss-volunteering-to-carry-anothers-baby-20140911-10a931.html

Surrogacy and Child welfare

I was curious to read this article https://www.theguardian.com/social-care-network/social-life-blog/2016/dec/14/what-social-workers-need-to-know-about-surrogacy published this week  about surrogacy in the UK.  I was initially rather confronted by the tone of the article – it came across as rather “anti-surrogacy”. Having had a second read though, I can more clearly see the concern expressed by the author about the genuine risks associated with surrogacy… whenContinue reading “Surrogacy and Child welfare”

2016 Reflections

A couple of days ago, a colleague asked what 2017 would hold for me, and I admitted I didn’t yet know.  Only 12 months ago I was still in the final crazy preparations for my Churchill Fellowship (at this stage I was in the countdown – 12 days until departure).  For most of this year,Continue reading “2016 Reflections”

Australian nurse arrested in Cambodian surrogacy crackdown

This is a very alarming development in the Cambodian surrogacy crackdown.  An extraordinary and unexpected risk of being involved in cross-border matters in a country where the legislation is unclear.  My best wishes extend to Tammy and her family – this is a terrible situation. http://www.goondiwindiargus.com.au/story/4304143/australian-nurse-tammy-davis-charles-arrested-in-cambodian-surrogacy-crackdown/