Monday, September 23, 2013

Rich Chinese couples paying as much as $120,000 for 'designer' American babies

Tony Jiang poses with his three children at his house in Shanghai September 16, 2013.
In December 2010,the Shanghai businessman and his wife welcomed a daughter,
born in California by an American surrogate
Wealthy Chinese are hiring American women to serve as surrogates for their children, creating a small but growing business in $120,000 'designer' American babies for China's elite.

Surrogacy agencies in China and the United States are catering to wealthy Chinese who want a baby outside the country's restrictive family planning policies, who are unable to conceive themselves, or who are seeking U.S. citizenship for their children.

Emigration as a family is another draw - U.S. citizens may apply for Green Cards for their parents when they turn 21.

While there is no data on the total number of Chinese who have sought or used U.S. surrogates, agencies in both countries say demand has risen rapidly in the last two years.

U.S. fertility clinics and surrogacy agencies are creating Chinese-language websites and hiring Mandarin speakers.  (more...)

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