March 6, 1989 |
Mary Beth Whitehead-Gould, four months pregnant with her fifth child, throws up in the bathroom as the sun goes down. "Morning sickness, day and night, with all my babies," she says when she's finished. "It's a cross I have to bear." Her fourth child, 9-month-old Austin, crawls on the kitchen floor with the Shetland sheep dogs. Her first child, 14-year-old Ryan, skateboards in the street outside.
April 7, 1988 |
A judge on Wednesday granted surrogate mother Mary Beth Whitehead-Gould unsupervised, weekly visits with the daughter she bore under a $10,000 contract. Both sides said they would not appeal the ruling, and Superior Court Judge Birger M. Sween urged an end to the court fight over Baby M, which sparked a world debate on parental rights and reproductive technology.
March 30, 1988
Mary Beth Whitehead-Gould admitted that she sold the story of her wedding and photos of Baby M, the child she bore under a surrogate motherhood contract, to a tabloid for $20,000 last November. Whitehead-Gould told a judge at a visitation hearing in Hackensack, N.J., that she knew there would be widespread interest in her marriage to her second husband, New York accountant Dean Gould, and that she hoped the agreement with Star magazine would keep other reporters away.
February 4, 1988 |
The mood at the Center for Surrogate Parenting Inc. in Beverly Hills was defiant Wednesday in the wake of the New Jersey Supreme Court's ruling outlawing commercial surrogate mother contracts in that state. "Couples (who want children) are still coming to us and it's not going to stop," said William Handel, the center's director and an activist attorney in the controversial fields of surrogate parenting and reproductive technologies.