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How Coronavirus is Affecting Surrogacy, Foster Care and Adoption

Apr 07, 2020

COVID-19 has had a big impact on those who are trying to get pregnant, or who have surrogate mothers pregnant with their baby. Fertility clinics have cancelled upcoming appointments and stopped booking future procedures, while hospitals are putting strict regulations in place around how many support people someone giving birth may have with her, in some cases not allowing anyone into the hospital besides the woman who is delivering. These changes have affected those going through surrogacy who have medical screenings and embryo transfers with their surrogate mothers, as well as those intended parents who wish to be present for the birth of their baby. Plus, travel bans are making it difficult for international intended parents to travel to the US for the birth of their baby, as well as presenting challenges to domestic IPs who also need to travel to their surrogate's home state.

Sam Hyde, President of Circle Surrogacy & Egg Donation, shared that the agency had 15 sets of international parents with due dates before May 1. “We’ve had our legal team prepare letters for each of these families, which has gotten many of them into the country despite travel bans,” said Sam Hyde, the agency’s president. Still, he said, his foreign clients were at the mercy of individual immigration officials. “Some have been sympathetic to the plight of our clients, others have not — it’s really been a case-by-case basis.”

Read the full story in the New York Times.