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Reimbursable Expenses for Donors and Surrogates to be Clarified Soon

Today Health Canada published policy proposals that will be used to guide the development of new regulations to the Assisted Human Reproduction Act.  One of the major changes to come will be the clarification of exactly what expenses are reimbursable to donors and surrogates. Click here to see the Health Canada news release and to […]

CBC Documentary – “Having Our Baby: The Surrogacy Boom”

An important documentary is airing tonight on the CBC’s documentary channel.  The documentary is the result of North Vancouver filmmaker Nick Orchard’s two years of work and is called “Having Our Baby: The Surrogacy Boom”.  Mr. Orchard explores surrogacy in Canada from legal, ethical and medical perspectives.  The documentary is re-airing on March 1st if you […]

Manitoba’s Outdated Laws Place Burden on New Parents

We are fortunate here in BC to have a relatively new Family Law Act that makes a child born via surrogacy the legal child of the intended parents in a very streamlined way.  This was not the experience of a Manitoba couple whose biological child was recently born by a surrogate mother.  Under Manitoba’s outdated […]

Another Wake Up Call for Clear Regulations

An Ottawa fertility doctor is alleged to have used his own sperm in an IUI procedure without the knowledge or consent of the patient.  Although this is an extremely unusual case, it does, again, highlight the urgent need for clear regulations in the industry both at a federal and provincial level.  The CBC link is […]

New Regulations for Assisted Human Reproduction Act in the Works

Health Canada says that it intends to clarify the regulations surrounding assisted reproduction.  Although there is criticism, at least the discussion is now happening at the federal level and clear regulations for reimbursable expenses relating to surrogates, egg and sperm donors are on their way. http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/assisted-reproduction-law-to-get-rules-update-health-canada/article32177146/

First Baby Born Using “Three Parent” Technology

A major breakthrough in modern reproductive medicine has been announced: the first baby with three genetic parents was born under the radar in New York about 5 months ago. It sounds radical, but the reality is that it is more like 2.001 parents, not 3.  In this case, the mother’s faulty mitochondrial DNA in were […]