When they came into the world, I knew I was complete.
Time to ditch diet drinks for good.
If I had a dollar for every time you told me I was doing it wrong, I’d be rich.
Having successfully had two children myself I can’t imagine what it would be like not to be able to conceive or carry a baby, but for many women having a baby is not so simple. Recurrent miscarriages, numerous failed IVF attempts, an abnormal uterus or certain health conditions that make pregnancy dangerous are all common reasons why more Australian women as well as same sex couples are now looking at surrogacy as a viable way of having a baby.
What are the types of surrogacy?
Commercial surrogacy is when the surrogate mother is paid a fee for her services beyond the cost of the medical fees. This form of surrogacy is currently illegal in Australia.
Altruistic surrogacy is when the surrogate mother is paid no financial reward for the pregnancy – only the medical costs are covered by the parents. Although different states in Australia have different laws, this form of surrogacy is legal throughout most of Australia.
Why do some women prefer surrogacy over adoption?
- There are very few children up for adoption each year in Australia
- There are age limits to adoptive parents
- Surrogacy uses the embryo from the parents which means they will be genetically linked to the child
Because advertising for a surrogate is illegal, finding a surrogate in Australia can be a difficult and lengthy process. There are certain rules and regulations that need to be adhered to as well as Police checks and counselling sessions for all involved which puts a lot of people off the process. For these reasons as well as the fact that commercial surrogacy is illegal in Australia, it forces more and more women to turn to countries like Thailand or India to find women who they can pay to carry their child. Unfortunately a lot of these babies are born in what some people describe as ‘baby factories’ where hundreds of women are paid a minimal amount of money to live and carry babies for couples who are unable to conceive.
Although these ‘factories’ can be a god-send for many Western couples, there have been horror stories of surrogate mothers being mistreated, baby mix ups and multiple embryos transferred to multiple surrogates to increase the chance of a successful pregnancy which then results in the parents being left with multiple children.
If commercial surrogacy was legalised in Australia we would hope that surrogate mothers would be treated respectfully, they would receive proper medical care and they would be paid a fair amount of money. Despite this though, there is always the concern that some surrogate mothers would be influenced by the money without being well informed and there is the potential for some people to profit from the misfortune of desperate parents.
A lot of people think it’s unfair that some parents have to travel overseas to have a baby and that the laws in Australia should be relaxed to make surrogacy easier and more appealing. After all, it is the only option that some parents have of having a child that is genetically related to them.
Do you think that if commercial surrogacy in Australia was legalised it would work?
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By Karyn Miller
Courteney Cox wants a baby
Friendsstar Courteney Cox Arquette has admitted to Barbara Walters in a US television interview that she and husband David Arquette have been having major trouble getting pregnant. The actress revealed the heartbreaking news that she has suffered “many miscarriages” but Courteney added that they were trying to stay positive and hoped that parenthood would still be possible for them. The couple is also undergoing treatment with IVF. The Hollywood duo, who have been happily married for four years, say that they’d consider adopting a child, but Courteney added, “I do want his genes, and I would try probably a surrogate before that … but then, absolutely, adoption.?
New CD proves Dido can survive post Eminem
After four years in the musical wilderness, UK songbird Dido is back with a new album Life for Rent, and she?s keen to prove she is not a one-hit wonder. Dido?s unique voice gained a wide audience in an unusual way a couple of years back – she was sampled by Eminem in the chorus of his hit song Stan. But with good early sales for Life for Rent, it might well be that she can step out of the shadow of bad boy rapper.
As her popularity has increased, so have the requests to ?tart herself up a bit? to sell more albums. Not one to be pushed around, her clever response was “I get offered all the covers of all the men’s magazines and I’m like `Well if I’ve done alright and bought myself total musical freedom already without taking my clothes off, why do I need to now?’ It’s nicer to have an aura of mystery and to keep something back,” she says. Pity that some of her other female performers didn?t think the same way! Should someone have given Jewel that advice?
Demi Moore meets younger boyfriend’s mum
Hey, does it mean you are going steady if you meet your boyfriend?s parents? If so, Demi Moore and toy boy Ashton Kutcher appear to have stepped it up a notch or two. Rumour has it that Ashton took Demi home to meet his Momma in Iowa for some good home cooking. Kutcher?s mom, Diane Portwood cooked up a storm for the lovebirds, who were holed up at her place for the whole weekend avoiding those pesky paparazzi who had tracked them down. Ashton?s mum told PeopleNews, that Demi was very real and not the diva she expected. Diane said ‘What I’ve found is when you meet many of these so-called celebrities in person, they are really down to earth. We sat down and talked about her kids, and my kids and we had a great time.’ Awww, shucks sounds like Demi still knows how to impress!
Billboard top 100 ruled by African Americans
For the first time in the 40-year history of the American music charts, African American artistes have taken out the top ten positions in the Billboard Hot 100. No mean feat considering that, since it?s inception, white musicians have dominated the Billboard Hot 100, considered the most prestigious of music charts in the US.
The Top 10 spots on the Billboard Hot 100 chart up to last week were as follows:
1. Baby Boy – Beyonce/Sean Paul
2. Shake Ya Tail feather – Nelly, P Diddy and Murphy Lee
3. Get Low – Lil Jon & The Eastside Boyz featuring the Ying Yang Twins
4. Right Thurr- Chingy
5. Frontin – Pharell featuring Jay-Z
6. Damn – Young Bloodz featuring Lil Jon
7. PIMP – 50 Cent
8. Into You – Fabolous featuring Ashanti
9. Stand Up – Ludacris featuring Shawna
10.Where is the Love – Black Eyed Peas
(currently #1 in several countries around the world including the UK and Australia