Canada's test-tube baby regulations need to be rewritten, critics say

July 26, 2018

Sitting at their dining table in their Regina home, Joey Tremblay and Cory Beaujot video chat with their Winnipeg surrogate, Christine English.

After a little weekend small talk the nervous parents-to-be ask about their baby girl.

She's been "kicking around lots," English tells them, adding that at the beginning of her third trimester she is starting to feel more Braxton Hicks contractions.

Their fall due date is starting to feel increasingly real for the Saskatchewan couple who have been trying to have a baby since 2015.

"Family is a big part of what I'm accustomed to and what I value, and contributing to that mass and mess of people, it's always kind of been a big thing for me," Beaujot said.  

Tremblay says he thought a lot about being a parent in his 20s but had given up on that dream.

"I thought it's never going to be a possibility, so I kind of set that aside and then Cory reawoke that whole idea, but again, I come from a really big family — it just feels like what you do," he said.

Tremblay and Beaujot are like more than eight million other families that have started through the use of in vitro fertilisation (IVF) since the first test-tube baby was born 40 years ago.

Legal regulations in Canada around IVF, which came into effect in 2004, prohibit paying a surrogate mother for her services, but does allow reimbursement for certain medical and maternity costs when the surrogate mother is performing the service for altruistic reasons.

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