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September 13, 1987
I've heard enough about "poor" Mary Beth Whitehead. She wasn't forced to become a surrogate mother. She made a commitment and signed a contract; she is ethically and legally bound to fulfill its terms ("Surrogate Mothers: 'Let's Stop This' " by Elizabeth Mehren, Sept. 1). I do feel a great deal of sympathy for the parents of "Baby M." Let us not forget there is also a biological father involved here, and his wife who was unable to have a child of her own--not to mention the child, who has been subjected to what must be a very confusing and likely painful start to her life.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 1, 2013 | Valerie J. Nelson, Los Angeles Times
As the chaperon of Michigan's Muskegon Lassies in the 1940s, Helen Hannah Campbell made sure the professional baseball players wore lipstick and properly modest uniform skirts in the "girls league" founded to keep ballparks filled while men were away at war. The daughter of a major league catcher who played on the New York Yankees with Babe Ruth, Campbell was familiar with the demands and rules of the game. But she credited her experience in the Marine Corps Reserve with preparing her to oversee the conduct, care - and personal lives - of her young charges.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 12, 1986
Three surrogate mothers from Southern California--along with one surrogate mother-to-be and a surrogate still attempting to get pregnant--announced Tuesday they are forming a national organization to ensure that women will continue to have the right to bear babies for childless couples. At a Beverly Hills press conference, the surrogates expressed outrage over a suit filed by Mary Beth Whitehead, a New Jersey surrogate mother who is seeking custody of the child she bore for another couple.
WORLD
January 19, 2012 | By Jonathan Kaiman, Los Angeles Times
In America, a family with eight children is the premise for a reality television show. In China, where most couples are allowed to have only one child, it's a national scandal. The revelation last month that a Chinese couple were the proud parents of two sets of triplets and one set of twins launched a round of soul-searching about how the super-rich circumvent the one-child policy. It is a tangled case involving a wealthy couple, two surrogate mothers, a gaggle of nannies and, to top it off, a team of government bureaucrats scrambling to figure out how they all came together.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 22, 1992
Surrogate mother Elvira Jordan, who won a major battle when a Superior Court judge awarded her partial custody to a child she bore to an infertile couple, is suing her therapist for malpractice, alleging improper counseling before the pregnancy. In a lawsuit filed in Orange County Superior Court, Jordan contends that Nina Kellogg should have known that she was susceptible to mental distress when she recommended her for surrogacy. Jordan is suing for an undetermined monetary award.
NEWS
March 26, 1988 | Associated Press
Surrogate mother Mary Beth Whitehead-Gould has asked for twice-a-week visitation with "Baby M" but the child's father wants to block all visitation, court briefs say. Gary Skoloff, a lawyer for the girl's father, William Stern, said in legal papers released Friday that he will present testimony at a visitation hearing Monday that will show the child's psychological welfare is at stake. The hearing was ordered by the state Supreme Court in its ruling Feb.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 7, 1990 | SONNI EFRON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Orange County Bar Assn. has criticized an attorney for surrogate mother Anna L. Johnson for making "improper personal attacks" on a judge after losing the highly publicized case. The attorney, Richard C. Gilbert, said Thursday that the bar association's action is an attempt to limit free speech. Gilbert also said he is considering filing a libel or defamation suit against several members of the bar.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 24, 2001
A California couple who hired a British woman to have a baby for them and then backed out when they found she was carrying twins will continue paying her medical expenses despite a bitter court battle the three are involved in, attorneys said Thursday. Surrogate mother Helen Beasley, 26, who is preparing to deliver twins in December, will receive $6,500 from Charles Wheeler and Martha Berman of Berkeley on Monday, the couple's attorney, Monty McIntyre, said.
NEWS
April 4, 1987 | Associated Press
Surrogate mother Mary Beth Whitehead will not be allowed to visit her baby daughter while she appeals a judge's decision awarding custody to the biological father, an appellate panel ruled Friday. The three-judge panel of the Appellate Division of Superior Court said it was not in the best interest of the child, known in court as Baby M, to be exposed to Whitehead at this time.
NEWS
January 17, 1987 | Associated Press
A surrogate mother fighting for custody of the child she agreed to bear for a childless couple may not spend more time with the baby as the trial proceeds, a judge ruled Friday. Superior Court Judge Harvey R. Sorkow said surrogate mother Mary Beth Whitehead is to continue with her twice-weekly, two-hour visits with the 9 1/2-month-old girl under supervision at a building two blocks from the courthouse.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 27, 2009 | Maura Dolan
Michael Jackson's ex-wife and the mother of his two older children is in line to obtain custody of them, even if the pop star designated another person as their guardian after his death, legal experts said Friday. Although UC Berkeley law professor Herma Hill Kay said it was "not a slam dunk" that ex-wife Debbie Rowe would win custody, four other experts in family law said she would have the advantage if there is a custody battle.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 15, 2009 | Kimi Yoshino
Dozens of aspiring parents and the women they hired to be surrogate mothers filed a class action lawsuit this week against a Modesto-based surrogacy agency that abruptly shut its doors and stopped returning phone calls, leaving hundreds of thousands of client dollars unaccounted for, according to the allegations.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 21, 2009 | Kimi Yoshino
Two California-based firms involved in pairing infertile couples with surrogate mothers have stopped paying surrogates, raising fears about the status of thousands of dollars in advance payments from prospective parents, according to clients and employees of the firms. Some pregnant surrogates say they have been left with no assurance of payment.
WORLD
April 19, 2006 | Henry Chu, Times Staff Writer
As temp jobs go, Saroj Mehli has landed what she feels is a pretty sweet deal. It's a nine-month gig, no special skills needed, and the only real labor comes at the end -- when she gives birth. If everything goes according to plan, Mehli, 32, will deliver a healthy baby early next year. But rather than join her other three children, the newborn will be handed over to an American couple who are unable to bear a child on their own and are hiring Mehli to do it for them.
NEWS
May 8, 2005 | Allison Schlesinger, Associated Press Writer
For the first week of their lives, the triplets were known only as A, B and C. Danielle Bimber had no names for the boys because she never intended to be their mother. But leaving the hospital without them, her job seemingly done, the surrogate mom grew uneasy. Where was the couple who had hired her? When would they come to the hospital to take the newborns home? Why had they stopped visiting after the first day?
NATIONAL
April 27, 2005 | From Times Wire Reports
A surrogate mother in Phoenix hoped to give a childless couple a baby of their own. Instead she gave them five. Teresa Anderson, 25, delivered quintuplets -- all boys -- by Caesarean section. One of the babies was born with a defective heart; the others were said to be doing fine. The babies were named Enrique, Jorge, Gabriel, Victor and Javier by their genetic parents, Luisa Gonzalez and Enrique Moreno.
NEWS
September 21, 1990 | GEORGE FRANK, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In the fall of 1989, Mark Calvert, an insurance underwriter, and his wife Crispina, a registered nurse, were introduced to Anna L. Johnson to talk about the possibility of surrogate parenting. The Calverts, who had been married for eight years, could not have children. Crispina Calvert, 36, was unable to carry a baby because uterine tumors forced removal of her womb.
NEWS
March 28, 1987 | Associated Press
The child known as Baby M turned a year old Friday, and the surrogate mother seeking custody of the girl marked the occasion with a two-hour visit and birthday party. Mary Beth Whitehead, her husband and the couple's two children saw Baby M over the objections of William and Elizabeth Stern, the couple for whom Whitehead bore the child under contract.
NATIONAL
December 29, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
A 55-year-old woman acting as a surrogate for her daughter gave birth to triplets -- her own grandchildren. The two boys and one girl were delivered a month and a half prematurely by caesarean section at Bon Secours St. Mary's Hospital in Richmond. Surrogate mother Tina Cade experienced "mild complications," which the hospital said was not uncommon for such surgery.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 21, 2004 | From Reuters
Pop star Michael Jackson, facing a trial on child molestation charges, is about to become a father to four more children -- quadruplets -- by way of a surrogate mother, Us Weekly magazine reported Tuesday. Citing unnamed sources close to the self-proclaimed King of Pop, the magazine said Jackson recently spent time with the pregnant mother-to-be in Florida, where he stayed in a $4,000-a-night luxury hotel suite in Miami Beach.
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