There's a well-established industry centered in California that provides surrogate births and attracts Chinese mothers to the U.S. to engage in what's known as birth tourism.
The pandemic has hit the global business of surrogate birthing, leaving many infants and their new parents thousands of miles apart.
Being a mom without a husband leaves many women in a legal gray zone where they are unable to access medical and other public services for themselves and their children. Some women are even fined.
The mysterious businessman who said he'd like to have enough kids to vote him into office has been fighting for their return. The case helped put an end to the country's surrogacy industry.
The Minnesota legislature is considering letting women who act as gestational surrogates get paid for carrying a fetus for other parents. States vary widely in their approach to the practice.
At least one U.S. hospital is attempting uterine transplants for women born without a uterus, or who've lost it to disease. The surgery has yielded births in other nations, but poses real risks, too.
There is increasing openness toward nontraditional families in China, though only married, heterosexual couples are allowed access to assisted reproduction. Here's one couple that found a workaround.
A same-sex couple won custody of their 15-month-old baby in a Thai court that ruled against their surrogate. She'd reneged on the deal after learning the couple are gay.
A lab in Seoul is the only place in the world known to commercially clone dogs. But often the dog clones are sickly, critics say, and many other dogs are subjected to surgery to make a clone.
Baby Carmen was born to a surrogate mother in Thailand. Her parents, one American and one from Spain, have fallen afoul of a new law, and now the Thai woman who gave birth to Carmen wants her back.