A warning for NZ lawmakers as they approach this subject in the near future
AS Queensland’s first child born under the state’s surrogacy laws, Connor Harris’s arrival was a moment of unbridled happiness for proud parents Bentley and Matt Harris. For his biological mother “Rosie” (not her real name), there has been nothing but heartache and regret since that historic day last May 11 when she gave him up. “As soon as the baby was born it all changed,” the married friend of the couple said. “I was crying in hospital when he was having his first bath, I couldn’t watch, I thought what the hell have I done? “I never thought having a child and giving him away would make me feel like this. “I regret everything, I don’t regret Connor, I regret the decision very much, I just wish I’d never done it.”
…Queensland MPs voted 45 to 36 to support surrogacy a highly controversial topic and allow the legal parentage of the child to be transferred from the birth mother to the intending parents. The Surrogacy Act 2010 was passed by State Parliament on 11 February 2010 with the Act coming into place on 1 June. This made it legal for altruistic surrogacy arrangements, or non-commercial arrangements, to be made in Queensland.
UPDATE: Mothers, parents urged to get help as heartache reveals dark side to surrogacy
Courier-Mail May 11 2011 A mother’s torment at handing her biological baby over to a gay couple has highlighted the pitfalls of surrogacy without psychological counselling, experts say.