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Law Forces Couple to Adopt Their Own Newborn Twins

They were denied parental rights under Michigan's strict anti-surrogacy law

(Newser) - Michigan couple Jordan and Tammy Myers are being forced to adopt their own biological children, and they say they want state law to change so that no other couple has to go through the same "demoralizing" ordeal. After breast cancer left Tammy Myers unable to have children, surrogate Lauren...

3 Cheetahs, 2 Cubs, One 'Big Breakthrough'

Birth via surrogacy allows for greater genetic diversity

(Newser) - Ohio has welcomed two new scientific marvels—the first ever cheetah cubs born via in vitro fertilization. Cheetahs are a vulnerable species, with only 7,500 left in the wild. They also have low genetic diversity owing to a mass die-off about 10,000 years ago. That's made breeding...

Woman Dies Giving Birth to Another Couple's Baby

Michelle Reaves was on her second surrogate pregnancy for the same family

(Newser) - Michelle Reaves was delivering her second baby as a surrogate mother for the same family—but complications piled up during the birth last Wednesday, and the San Diego, California, mother of two died. The baby was delivered safely, People reports. "After Michelle and Chris were done having their own...

Woman Meets Her 'Egg,' Calls It 'Mind-Bending'

Amy Throckmorton meets college student born from her egg nearly 20 years ago

(Newser) - On Monday, Amy Throckmorton posted what she said was a "funny story" on Facebook , and it was definitely a doozy. "In college I was an egg donor," the married California mom of three wrote. "Today, I met that egg." The egg in question: University of...

A Terrible Loss, Then Something 'Sweet'

Boy born from surrogate in China after parents died in car crash four years earlier

(Newser) - A Chinese couple have had their parenthood dream realized, though nearly five years after their deaths. A baby boy was born to a surrogate in December from a fertilized embryo frozen by the couple. It was to have been implanted in the womb of Liu Xi, but she and her...

28-Year-Old Single Dad of 16 Close to Getting All His Kids

Thai court awards Mitsutoki Shigeta sole parental rights

(Newser) - The son of a Japanese IT billionaire reportedly wanted a big family and set out to get it via surrogate. Now, Mitsutoki Shigeta, 28, is about to gain custody of all 16 kids he is known to have fathered via Thai surrogate mothers. The BBC explains Shigeta grabbed headlines in...

When You Give Up Every Penny You Have for a Baby

Kelli Auerbach charts her experience with infertility and now surrogacy

(Newser) - Kelli Auerbach ditched her car, vacations, any social outing that required money, and even her own place for six months—living for free with friends in a different state—all so she could stockpile money. She needs a lot, tens of thousands, in order to pay another woman to carry...

GOP Lawmaker Resigns Ahead of Sexual Misconduct Inquiry

Rep. Trent Franks says he discussed surrogacy with female employees

(Newser) - A conservative lawmaker from Arizona announced his resignation from the House on Thursday after the House Ethics Committee revealed it's investigating sexual harassment allegations against him, Politico reports. Rep. Trent Franks says the investigation is "regarding my discussion of surrogacy with two previous female subordinates" that made "...

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...

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...

Dads Claim They're Stuck in 'Hellhole' With Surrogate 'Triplings'

Couple say they were ripped off, have no money to get home; others would beg to differ

(Newser) - Ask David and Nicky Beard about their time in Mexico to bring their newborns home to New Zealand, and they'll tell you they're stuck in a "dangerous ... hellhole" and "third-world" nation they say has left them $190,000 in debt and abandoned by the Cancun surrogacy...

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...

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...

9 Surrogate Babies Found in Bangkok Condo

Case raises new concerns about Thailand laws

(Newser) - The bizarre discovery of nine babies and toddlers in a Bangkok condo is raising more concerns about easy foreign access to Thai surrogates in the wake of the high-profile baby Gammy case . Police found six boys and three girls, ages 2 weeks to 2 years, in the rented apartment, reports...

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...

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...

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...

New Service: Breast-Feeding for Gay Male Parents

French woman rents out breasts for $130 a day

(Newser) - A woman offering to rent out her breasts to gay male couples with newborns has stirred up controversy in France, which recently legalized gay marriage and adoption by gay couples, Reuters reports. "I am a young mother in perfect health, a trained nurse of 29, and I am renting...

18 Stars Who've Conceived Via Surrogate

Elizabeth Banks says the relationship 'will last a lifetime'

(Newser) - Not every celebrity has a baby bump before having a baby. The Huffington Post rounds up 18 stars who became parents via surrogate mothers:
  • Elizabeth Banks: The Hunger Games actress has had two sons via a gestational surrogate. She said the experience "taught us a great deal about generosity
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Giuliana Rancic Expecting Baby
 Giuliana Rancic 
 Pregnant Via Surrogate 
PLUS, THE CELEBS SHE JOINS

Giuliana Rancic Pregnant Via Surrogate

And 5 more celebrity couples who used a surrogate mom

(Newser) - Following her successful treatment for breast cancer, more good news for E! personality Giuliana Rancic: She's expecting a baby with husband Bill. "We are so thrilled that our prayers have been answered," she tells E! . The couple struggled to conceive and is using a gestational surrogate, who...

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