04 May 2020 COVID-19 Travel Update for International Intended Parents
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.
All intended parents must plan carefully to navigate the complex series of medical procedures, matching donors and surrogate, legal agreements and parental authorization necessary to create a family via surrogacy, particularly if the birth will take place in another country. Now, as countries implement travel bans and airlines cancel flights, advance planning and meticulous documentation are more important than ever.
In this video update, Rich and Molly report on the remarkable success of the IFLG team to date in helping intended parents navigate the U.S. State Department's ban on international travel and its temporary moratorium on emergency passports for newborns, in response to the covid-19 crisis.
Planning for the birth. Due to the strain put on hospital services by the covid-19 outbreak, many U.S. delivery and labor departments limited the number visitors and, in some cases, banned even spouses or birthing partners from the delivery room. In some cases, these new restrictions prevented intended parents from being present at their babies' birth. Here, Rich and Molly update us on the latest in hospital visitation policies.
The COVID-19 pandemic has created a host of new obstacles and complications that make the already challenging road to parenthood via assisted reproductive technology 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 to provide support for those caught up in this crisis respone. 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. Recently our team has been successful, with advance planning, in going through the home country to obtain travel documents allowing parents and babies to return home safely.
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.
VIDEO TRANSCRIPT: Click here for a downloadable transcript of this video update.