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'I Carried My Own Child. I Didn't Know He Was Mine'

California's Jessica Allen speaks about rare case of superfetation

(Newser) - "I carried my own child. I didn't know he was mine." That's what a California woman is saying after she became pregnant with her own son while serving as a surrogate for a Chinese couple. After connecting with the couple through a surrogacy agency in California,... More »

Woman Gives Friends the Gift of Children—Free of Charge

Lianna Fives volunteered to be a surrogate

(Newser) - Lianna Fives heard about Nicole Barattini's plight through a mutual friend—because of a rare blood disorder, Barattini couldn't risk carrying a child because she or the baby would likely die—and made an incredible decision. At dinner together with their husbands in 2015, Fives told the Barattinis... More »

Woman Gives Birth to Her Own Grandson

Acts as surrogate mom for her own daughter's baby

(Newser) - Megan Barker gave birth to a 7-pound, 7-ounce baby boy Oct. 22—but he's not her son, he's her grandson. The Chico, Calif., woman had promised her daughter, Maddie Coleman, that she would one day carry Maddie's child if Maddie wanted her to, because Maddie found out... More »

UK Woman One Step Closer to Carrying Dead Daughter's Child

She won an appeal regarding her late daughter's frozen eggs

(Newser) - A 60-year-old woman from the UK who's been in a protracted legal battle to become pregnant using her dead daughter's frozen eggs has made some progress toward winning that fight, the BBC reports. After not being able to find a British clinic that would implant her with the... More »

Sherri Shepherd Is Legal Mom of Baby She's Never Seen

After latest court decision, she must still pay child support

(Newser) - Sherri Shepherd must still pay child support to her ex-husband for a one-and-a-half-year-old boy her lawyer says Shepherd has never met, after the Pennsylvania Supreme Court declined Tuesday to hear her case. An appeals court ruled in November that Shepherd is the legal mother of the child, named LJ, despite... More »

Surrogate, Told to Abort, Sues the Father

Melissa Cook wants to adopt baby the dad doesn't want—and maybe the other 2, too

(Newser) - A complicated case has become even more so after a surrogate mom of triplets refused the biological dad's demand to abort one of the fetuses. Melissa Cook says she was threatened with financial ruin by the father for violating her contract (he was allowed a "reduction" if he... More »

Parents Tell Surrogate to Abort Triplet, She Refuses

Parents want to abort one of the triplets over the risk of disabilities

(Newser) - When 26-year-old Brittneyrose Torres of Thousand Oaks, Calif., read on Facebook about a couple who couldn't have children, she decided to try surrogacy and agreed to carry one of their children for $25,000 and two or more for an extra $5,000. But not long after learning that... More »

Woman Denied the Chance to Carry Her Grandchild

Court rules UK mother can't use dead daughter's eggs

(Newser) - When a UK woman was diagnosed with bowel cancer at age 23, her parents say there was one thing she wanted if she didn't survive: to have her mom carry her babies . But the High Court in London has dashed that dream after ruling that the fertilized eggs of... More »

Kim Kardashian: I Might Have to Use a Surrogate

She discusses fertility struggles on reality show premiere

(Newser) - The gossip mill has been aflutter with rumors that Kim Kardashian is having trouble conceiving a sibling for daughter North West, and on last night's premiere of Keeping Up With the Kardashians, viewers learned quite possibly more than they wanted to know about those struggles. The episode opened with... More »

Surrogate for Single Guy's Baby: His Mom

He is to adopt 7-month-old who is legally his mother's son

(Newser) - It's an "unusual arrangement," a judge in Britain acknowledges, but there's no legal problem with it: A man in his 20s is adopting his own biological son, whose surrogate mom was the man's mother, the Telegraph reports. In other words, as the Mirror headline has... More »

Report: Woman Wants to Birth Dead Daughter's Baby

UK 59-year-old's daughter died of cancer, but she froze her own eggs

(Newser) - It's not unheard of for a woman to act as a surrogate mother for her own grandchild, but a 59-year-old British woman is reportedly hoping for what may be a world first: becoming a surrogate for her dead daughter, who succumbed to bowel cancer four years ago while still... More »

Baby Gammy Now an Australian Citizen

Child in surrogate controversy gets access to country's health care

(Newser) - The baby who last year made international headlines in a surrogacy controversy is now a 1-year-old Australian citizen, though he still lives in Thailand. Gammy, who has Down syndrome and a heart condition, can now access Australian health care, the BBC reports. He has been a regular patient at a... More »

5 Celebs Who Used Surrogate Moms

And lots of them had twins

(Newser) - Not all celebrity babies are carried inside a celebrity— HLN rounds up 11 times stars used a surrogate mom. A sampling:
  • Ricky Martin: His twin boys, Matteo and Valentino, were born with the help of a surrogate mom in 2008.
  • Neil Patrick Harris: He and David Burtka had, yes, twins—
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Gammy's Parents: Surrogate Wouldn't Let Us Take Him

Dad says he's changed after pedophilia convictions

(Newser) - With their case making international headlines, the Australian parents of baby Gammy are telling their story. Speaking to Australia's 9News , David Farnell said he and his wife, Wendy, "wanted" to take Gammy home with them, Reuters reports—but his surrogate mother wouldn't let them. Surrogate Pattaramon Chanbua... More »

Dad Who Left Down's Baby Is a Pedophile: Sources

Meanwhile, Australia may intervene in the case

(Newser) - Since the story of baby Gammy went viral several days ago, the Australian government has announced that it is looking into whether it can intervene in a case described by the Australian immigration minister as "very, very murky," particularly because it took place in another country, reports the... More »

Aussie Parents: No One Told Us of Down Syndrome Baby

But surrogate mom in Thailand says that's not true

(Newser) - More details are filling in the story of an Australian couple accused of leaving behind a surrogate baby in Thailand who has Down Syndrome, though the additional details seem to be confusing the account instead of clarifying. The Aussie couple is denying the allegations, but the surrogate mom in Thailand... More »

Parents Leave Behind Surrogate Baby With Down's

Australian couple took his healthy twin in Thailand, says birth mother

(Newser) - An Australian couple who paid an impoverished woman in Thailand to be a surrogate mother left behind a baby boy with Down Syndrome but took his healthy twin sister, reports ABC News of Australia . The boy, named Gammy, is now about 7 months old, and mom Pattaramon Chanbua says he... More »

5 Celeb Couples Who Used Surrogate Moms

Including one couple who had twins

(Newser) - Sometimes celebrity babies come into the world via a surrogate mom—and Radar rounds up 10 such cases. A sampling:
  • Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick used a surrogate mother to give birth to their twins , and during the pregnancy, Parker feared for the surrogate mom's safety thanks to
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Bride Paralyzed at Bachelorette Party Will Be a Mom

College friend to act as surrogate for Rachelle Friedman

(Newser) - Rachelle Friedman was paralyzed at her 2010 bachelorette party in a freak accident after one of her bridesmaids pushed her in the pool—but a year later she went through with her postponed wedding, and now she'll get to achieve her dream of being a mom, thanks to an... More »

A Child's Bittersweet Birth— 4 Months After Mom's Death

Daniel P. Finney shares the story of Caralyn Yoho

(Newser) - Des Moines Register reporter Daniel P. Finney first brought readers the story of Nate and Laura Yoho in July —a few days after Laura died of brain cancer. This week, he returns to the story of the Yohos, and his piece takes the format of a letter to... More »

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