08 Apr 2020 International Intended Parents: COVID-19 Travel Advice for US Surrogacy, Birth
Join assisted reproductive technology attorneys Rich Vaughn and Molly O’Brien of International Fertility Law Group as they share information and advice for international intended parents planning to travel for the births of their babies via surrogacy in the United States during the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic.
Planning is key. No one becomes a parent through assisted reproduction without lots of advance planning. Now, as countries implement travel bans and airlines cancel flights, it is essential to plan as far in advance as possible. Ips should evaluate visas, ESTAs and consider any possible exceptions to travel bans, such as familial relationships. In the event intended parents are unable to travel for the birth, or are quarantined upon arrival in the U.S., temporary guardianships and safe, properly vetted foster families are available options.
Planning for the birth. Hospital delivery and labor departments have tightened restrictions on visitors in response to the COVID-19 crisis, and in some cases even spouses or birthing partners may be excluded. Check with the hospital for current policies, which may change day-to-day.
For intended parents, surrogates, donors and reproductive health professionals the COVID-19 pandemic has created a host of obstacles and complications that make the challenging road to parenthood via ART even more challenging. We hope you will take comfort in the knowledge that the virus has brought surrogacy professionals in the United States together as never before. You are not alone. We all are working together as a community, sharing answers, sharing resources, and sharing support.
Going home: Once you are here in the U.S. with your new baby, the challenges presented by COVID-19 travel restrictions and government agency closures are likely to continue. See our video here on what to plan for in bringing your baby back home.
For more information and resources for intended parents, surrogates donors and 3rd-party matching programs coping during the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, visit our multi-media library of COVID-19 information.
Find a transcript of the complete video presentation here.