Friday, August 16, 2013

Al Jazeera The Stream - Monetising Motherhood



Surrogacy in India, many points of view, .... 
  • Ranjana Kumari, Director, Centre for Social Research, India www.csrindia.org
  • Jenni Milbank, Law Professor, University of Technology Sydney, Australia. No website, but plenty of links if you google her name.
  • Mariam Kukunashvili, Founder New Life Global Network www.newlifeindia.com
  • Crystal Travis, Founder, www.worldofsurrogacy.com
I had a hard time watching this .. and really have nothing to say .. if they can trot out that Google Baby "documentary" BS over and over, then this "discussion" will also fall by the wayside, so really, why bother to have any opinion much less want or expect it to be heard?







7 comments:

Anonymous said...

Hi what caught me most in this whole show was when they showed the surrogate crying after having the baby they failed to show the IPs on the other side off that door after they see their baby crying with the joy of finally holding their precious baby after perhaps many many years of childlessness, and also the why not adopt comments grrrrr, i was refused as i suffer from chronic pain so surrogacy is my last hope at becoming a parent, i think on shows like this ips should also be given a chance to talk about our reasons for pursuing surrogacy and our feelings of respect and and love for our surrogate as the woman who is going to make all our dreams come true,

crystal said...

Meg, we in the USA are unable to get the video at this moment. I do have someone working on it. Al Jazeera is REALLY interested in surrogacy across the world. So those of you that have a story or an opinion and you wish to be heard please leave a message on this blog, or mine and I am sure someone will forward you to the proper channels.

Amani (Meg) said...

Anon, the adoption comments always annoy me, - most of us can't anyway, and why should we? Ask those with kids who say this to you, did you adopt? WHy have your own genetic child when there are so any homeless children in the world. Of course surrogates are going to be upset after the baby's birth, this is part of what to expect being a surrogate.Mrs M who carried Mishali told me she would miss her very much.

Amani (Meg) said...

Crystal it's on Youtube, that's how I've linked to this blog.

andy said...

common! how many IPs would honestly go through all the heartache to get to a pregnancy and then find out the sex to only terminate the pregnancy?? wanted to slap that woman!!

Choco Mayan said...

I can't stand that Ranjana! She is worst than Marie Antoinette! Ignorant with a distorted perception of reality. Does she think IPs can just find a friend or a family member to be their surrogate? or IPs really want to travel thousands of miles to have a baby via surrogacy if they have other feasible choices?

Anonymous said...

We met our Indian surrogate at the beginning and were told we couldn't see her again. Almost 9 months later, about 30 minutes after the birth, 15 minutes with our daughter in my arms, the doctor came to me and said that our surrogate wanted to see me (they told me not to take our baby with me because the sight of a baby after birth stimulates a woman's hormones ..). I went to her, our surrogate, and through translation, she asked me if I was happy and if I now had the baby that I had always wanted (this is what I had told her when we first met so many months ago for about 6 minutes, how I so wanted a baby and had no words to express how happy I was that she would be our surrogate). I was crying, blubbering, "yes, yes, yes!!" and looking at her. She reached out and squeezed my hand and smiled. She was lying on a recovery bed. I bent over, hugged her, we looked at each other in the eyes again, I hoping I could remember her forever, and then I was sort of "led out" of the room. I knew she was Muslim, and I know a few words in Arabic, so I told her, as I left, in Arabic, that God is Great. This woman is GREAT! We are a family because of her. If anyone has the time, read Ralph Waldo Emerson's poem, To Laugh Often and Much, . Well, our surrogate did just that for us, brought us a healthy child and made us a family and she knew it and I knew she knew it when she squeezed my hand and smiled!!