La guerre en Ukraine fait bondir la demande pour des mères porteuses canadiennes / War in Ukraine boosts demand for Canadian surrogates

by Andréane Williams – Radio Canada

Ukraine is one of the only countries in the world that allows commercial surrogacy for foreigners. Every year, thousands of couples from all over the world travel there to obtain the services of a surrogate mother. But since the war began, it has been a race against time to save the genetic material of prospective parents, who are increasingly turning to Canada, a country more stable than Ukraine and more affordable than the United States.

“Keeping Surrogate Motherhood in the Family” – February 14th, 2011

She had supported her daughter through years of trying, helping her through the anguish of failed pregnancies and rounds and rounds of in vitro fertilization.

When nothing worked, 61-year-old Kristine Casey offered the very last thing she could: her healthy, post-menopausal uterus.

Last week, the Virginia woman gave birth to Finnean Lee Connell via cesarean section at a hospital in Chicago, where her daughter Sara Connell lives.

“Couple Urged Surrogate to Abort Fetus Due to Defect” – October 6th, 2010

When a B.C. couple discovered that the fetus their surrogate mother was carrying was likely to be born with Down syndrome, they wanted an abortion. The surrogate, however, was determined to take the pregnancy to term, sparking a disagreement that has raised thorny questions about the increasingly common arrangements.

Under the agreement the trio signed, the surrogate’s choice would mean absolving the couple of any responsibility for raising the child, the treating doctor told a recent fertility-medicine conference.

“Why Sally Rhoads Risked Her Life 10 Times to be a Surrogate” – January 14th, 2010

Sally Rhoads is passionate about surrogacy. The 32-year-old mother of three (ages 12, seven and 10 months) lives near Stratford, Ontario. She has been a successful surrogate once and an unsuccessful one nine times. Although her commitment to surrogacy almost killed her, she remains an advocate for a practice that is highly restricted in Canada and banned in some U.S. states.

This: When did you first become interested in surrogacy?

Rhoads: After my first child in 1999. I had really enjoyed being pregnant…

“Gay Man Seeks Perfect Woman” – May 21st, 2007

Mac and Ella Comber were delivered by C-section on Sept. 23, 2006, weighing 5 lb. 10 oz. and 5 lb. 11 oz. respectively. Both were strong and healthy, though Mac spent a short time in an incubator to help clear some fluid from his lungs. Ella, with her olive skin and dark hair, had her mother’s complexion, while Mac, with his fairer skin, looked more like his father.

A week after their birth, Mac and Ella’s mother nursed them for the last time in the hospital, bid their father and the twins farewell, and returned home to her husband and two daughters aged 7 and 5.

“In Vitro We Trust” – April 11th, 2007

The heartbreak of infertility is driving thousands of Canadian women to the costly science of assisted reproduction. This is the story of the boom in a rapidly advancing medical field, the agony of hope it offers, and the strangers willing to give the ultimate gift: a baby.

Last summer, Donders began a month-long series of blood tests and then vaginal ultrasound before the frostie was placed in her uterus. The embryo didn’t implant, however, and Donders was just coming to terms with the end of that particular dream when she realized in September that she was pregnant again without any medical assistance. Although everything seemed fine….

“A Christmas miracle to be remembered” – Wednesday, December 20th, 2000

Everyone’s eyes were on the cart as it was pushed into the hospital room.

The two tightly-wrapped babies gurgled slightly as everyone oohhed and aahhed. The word “miracle” escaped the mother’s mouth as she gazed fondly at the boy and girl twins she did not give birth to.

The twins, Victoria Elizabeth and Peter Alexander, are a “gift” from gestational surrogate mother Sally Rhoads of Stratford to Heather and Sergey, a couple from Maryland, who can’t conceive.

“A Gift of Children” – Thursday, August 31st, 2000

For many Canadians, surrogacy is a controversial issue. Should a woman be expected to relinquish the child to which she has just given birth? Is it fair to the infant to be taken from the only mother he or she knows? Should women be paid to carry another women’s child?

Some call it “baby selling.” Others see it as the rich renting the wombs of the poor. But Sally and her husband of Stratford call it a gift.

“It’s nine months of my life to give two people a family,” said Ms.Rhoads.