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‘I gave birth to someone else’s baby’: What it’s really like to be a surrogate

‘I gave birth to someone else’s baby’: What it’s really like to be a surrogate

The clock had just struck 1am at Dorset County Hospital when Rosie Mead gave one final huge push and brought a beautiful little girl into the world. But instead of picking her up for some skin-to-skin contact, another couple bundled the baby away into a separate room for this all-important bonding ritual, leaving Rosie to deliver her placenta before being stitched up, the gas and air barely taking the edge off the pain.

BioNews

Welsh authorities consult on fertility policy

Welsh authorities consult on fertility policy * PET

Eligibility criteria for NHS-funded IVF in Wales is being consulted on until 17 February 2023, alongside policy for pre-implantation genetic testing-monogenic disorders ( PGT-M). Single women will no longer be able to access IVF under the policy that has been proposed by the Welsh Health Specialised Services Committee, which is the body responsible for determining access criteria for NHS fertility treatment in the country.

The Guardian

Long NHS waiting lists cutting chances of pregnancy, fertility chief warns

Long NHS waiting lists cutting chances of pregnancy, fertility chief warns

Prospective parents’ chances of having a baby are being affected by long NHS waiting lists for women’s health treatments, the UK’s fertility chief has warned. Julia Chain, chair of UK fertility regulator the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA), said delays to women getting diagnoses and treatments for gynaecological issues were preventing them from starting IVF quickly, which meant it was less likely to work.

BioNews

Just four percent of sperm donor applicants become donors

Just four percent of sperm donor applicants become donors * PET

Fewer than one in 20 men who applied to become sperm donors in the USA and Denmark in 2018 and 2019, were accepted by a sperm bank, a recent study has shown. The number of sperm-donor-conceived children born in the UK has tripled in the past 13 years in the UK, meaning demand for sperm donors outstrips supply.

ITV

Woman who spent life savings on IVF slams ‘backward’ changes to NHS fertility rules

‘I spent my life savings trying to have a baby as a single woman’ | ITV News

A woman who is undergoing what she describes as an “all-consuming” fertility journey after suffering three miscarriages has criticised plans to scale back NHS treatment in Wales. Lucy Mills, who is a single woman, has spent the last 18 months trying to have a baby.

Metro

It cost me £7,500 to freeze my eggs – and I pay over £300 a year to keep them

It cost me £7,500 to freeze my eggs – and I pay over £300 a year to keep them

I lay in the operating theatre, half-dressed and nervous. I was in a fertility clinic about to have an egg retrieval procedure, and I felt vulnerable and exposed. The anaesthetist strode in and looked down at me. As he opened his mouth I thought he might say something reassuring, so his question came as a shock.