Here at Conceptual Options, we absolutely love when the media finally takes a positive look at surrogacy and how it helps create families all over the world. The Huffington Post did an absolutely wonderful job that included their story and some awesome, breathtaking photos. Enjoy!
According to Medical News Today,
A new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report finds a shift in preferences for birth control among American women, who are increasingly opting for long-lasting reversible contraceptives.
Long-acting reversible contraceptives (LARCs) include intrauterine devices (IUDs) and subdermal hormonal implants. Although IUDs were used more commonly in the US during the 1970s, concerns over their safety prompted a decline in use of these devices.
Since then, however, IUDs have been redesigned with safety in mind, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report shows that there has been growing interest in IUDs and 5-year contraceptive implants – which were approved in 1990 – because these contraceptive methods are highly effective at preventing unintended pregnancies.
Read more here about IUDs and Hormonal Implants have become ‘five times as popular’ over past decade.
According to the BBC, Thailand has passed a law banning foreigners from paying Thai women to be surrogates, after two high-profile cases sparked debate last year.
The legislation also bans the use of agents, or any promotion of women willing to carry babies for others.
Last year the case of a little boy born with Down’s syndrome, Baby Gammy, put Thailand’s surrogacy industry in the spotlight.
His Thai surrogate mother said his Australian parents abandoned the boy but took his healthy twin sister home.
Under the new law, only married Thai couples or couples with one Thai partner who have been married at least three years can seek surrogacy, and commercial surrogacy is banned.
Anyone caught hiring a surrogate mother faces a maximum jail sentence of 10 years. Agents touting surrogate mothers would also face imprisonment if caught.
Read more here about Thailand Bans Commercial Surrogacy for Foreigners
Did you know that the UK have decided to allow parents through surrogacy to have the same rights to maternity leave as any other parent? The only thing that may not be idea for some parents that conceive their child through surrogacy is the date. The UK says the eligible persons are parents whose child is born on or after 5 April 2015.