Covid-19 epidemic and Surrogacy industry?

The pandemic effect of coronavirus creates chaos in reproductive tourism and surrogacy treatment. Intended parents who have already opted cross broader reproductive traveling for surrogacy service after mid of 2019, they faced tremendous pressure, as sealing of international broader cannot stop or delay the expecting date of the birth of the child in the current situation. This is a high time to get a realistic solution for providing safeguards to the children who born through a cross broader surrogacy system. 

covid-19 and surrogacy

Surrogacy industry needs to take action in the following matters:

Traveling arrangements and issuance of passports for neonates who born through international surrogacy.  

We have been working urgently with parents this weekend who have just had newborn babies born through surrogacy in the USA and have unexpectedly found themselves stuck overseas. Most of the countries close to passport applications for all persons along with travel restrictions due to the risk of spreading infection and complications of medical insurance.

In this situation, the surrogacy industry needs to work beyond their described job in this crisis period and helps the intended parents to bring their babies safely to their homes. Surrogacy industry help to put the application to the local authorities and push the government of the respective countries to consider these cases as an urgent basis to bring the newborns safely at their homes. Many surrogacy service centers already start their active participation to bring the newborns who have been born through surrogacy in the USA, Canada, Georgia, Ukraine, or elsewhere.  

Both the surrogacy industry and intended parents are worrying about the expected deliveries in the coming few months, as the government lockdown policies and cancellation of the flights are frequently changing. Therefore, before due dates, both the surrogacy industry and intended need to work together to find the way new travel restrictions. 

Following are some advice necessary for upcoming international surrogacy births depending upon how soon the due date of child delivery recommended: 

Search any local friends, family members who are ready to take an emergency guardianship authority in absence of intended parents and deposit the emergency guardianship authority document to the officials of the respective countries and legal departments. 

Keep on eyes on travel restriction details and search all the possible ways to navigate the, at the correct moment.  

Take the information about the routes to bring the neonates at the home as early as possible after the birth of the child. In case of any possibility to apply any new emergency procedures which fit the situation need should be implemented accordingly. 

Need to take proper measures to ensure the complete protection of the born child in case of any mishap happens with intended parents due to coronavirus infection. 

Surrogacy service providers should maintain regular contact with the intended parents and surrogate and continue to act as a bridge between them. This responsibility is not only for a surrogacy agency but also a duty of intended parents and surrogate to maintain regular communication in the coronavirus pandemic condition because may in certain cases surrogacy agency unable to track the regular communication record with their client due to lack of human resource in this current lockdown condition.   

Many countries started remote court hearings to provide an immediate effect in the present lockdown condition. The surrogacy agency and reproductive care unit should help intended parents for the application of parental order during this Covid-19 outbreak.

This path may not be very smooth as in normal conditions. Therefore, intended parents should be mentally prepared to take the challenges they may face during this coronavirus pandemic condition. Surrogacy agencies can help to get the hearing list as early as possible and guide the intended parents to follow the steps for remote hearing for a parental order by providing legal counseling.  

Intended parents need to do their research by internet searching and taking information from different authentic sources on International surrogacy law services, travel guidance, parental orders and navigating the coronavirus crisis.   

Reference:

https://www.ngalaw.co.uk/blog/2020/03/23/international-surrogacy-during-the-covid-19-pandemic

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