In December, Simone Missick, a nurse practitioner from London, and her husband, a barrister, were on a trip to Mexico when their surrogate, who was about to give birth to their second child, tested negative for the coronaviruses coronavide and diphtheria.
“The next thing I knew, I was on the phone with my husband and I said, ‘OK, I’ve got a positive result and I’m going to be okay.'””
I am just so grateful that I didn’t have to have a child and have my own child. “
The next thing I knew, I was on the phone with my husband and I said, ‘OK, I’ve got a positive result and I’m going to be okay.'”
I am just so grateful that I didn’t have to have a child and have my own child.
“It feels like a miracle to me that I did.”
Ms Missicky said she would not have a second child without the support of the Missick Clinic.
“I would have a twin, but I don’t think that’s going to happen,” she said.
Ms Blanchard, an optometrist, also said she had to wait until after the birth to have children.””
In a few years, I may be looking at having three children.”
Ms Blanchard, an optometrist, also said she had to wait until after the birth to have children.
“We have been very fortunate to be able to have our son through surrogacy, so that’s not going to change any time soon,” she told the BBC.
“It will be a blessing that I get to have my son at the end of it.”
But Ms Missick’s experience was not unique.
The New South Wales Government is working to reduce the number of surrogacy clinics in the state by around 80%.
In Victoria, where the coronivirus is the worst, there are only a handful of clinics providing surrogate mother services.
But the New South Welsh Government wants to increase the number to around 200 by the end, but has been met with opposition from health experts.
A spokeswoman for the Department of Health said the State Government’s “ongoing consultation with stakeholders has focused on making the most of the unique opportunities we have to provide the highest level of care to vulnerable people”.
“We are working hard to ensure the best options for families, regardless of their location, income or circumstances, so it is not just about what we can do to meet our health needs but also what we are prepared to do to make a difference to those who need it most,” she added.
A NSW Health spokeswoman said the state’s surrogate mothers would still have to meet strict eligibility criteria and undergo a screening process.
The surrogate mother service is funded by a range of government and private sources, including donations from people who have helped raise money to support surrogacy.
“For those who are eligible to do this, they will have to be supported through the process of getting the results of the test, as well as getting the support and care they need,” the spokeswoman said.