Posted 28 August 2012 - 09:58 PM
I think the laws are against taking money (or something of commercial value), so they wouldn't specifically reclude a swapsie. You still have to go through all the counselling hoops, and I think the treating hospital/clinic's board of ethics.
Assuming one woman had eggs but no uterus, and the other had the uterus but no eggs.... and you're trying to create one baby for each family.
The complication is that the uterus woman has to go through two whole pregnancies. Which baby would she gestate first? What if there were complications, and after the first baby SHE had to have a hysterectomy, or was advised another pregnancy would be unsafe for her?
How would you divide the egg harvest? Do you do one stim and split the eggs? Or one stim per family? I know that in the US they have deals where a family requiring donor eggs can pay for the cycle of a poorer woman doing IVF for some other reason (eg male factor infertility), and they agree to split the resulting eggs from the cycle ... but this seems revolting to me. And in effect, it's still selling eggs.
If you decide that Family A's baby will be gestated first, how many embryo transfers do you all do in trying to get her PG, before you switch and start trying to get her pregnant with Family B's embryos? Or do you alternate transfers between the families until she gets pregnant?
What if the egg donor never got her baby, but the uterus woman did... and so the egg donor knew she had a genetic baby, but no baby of her own?
I think this is why they usually prefer egg donors and surrogates in Australia to have finished their families before being altruistic.
There are a couple of decent books out there on the ethical considerations of IVF, though mostly they seem to come down in favour of everything goes - the technology's there, people will do it somewhere in the world, it's inevitable, so why not? One called 'The Baby Trade' was particularly alarming to me... and another by a famous UK IVF pioneer I read recently.
Haven't heard of this in Australia or elsewhere though.