LOS ANGELES -- Chatting with women on websites for surrogate mothers, Melissa Todd stumbled upon an unusual opportunity.
It required foreign travel -- a quick trip to the Ukrainian city of Lviv to be impregnated using embryos created in vitro from sperm and eggs of donors. The pay was $38,000, nearly double what she had made the one previous time she had been a surrogate.
Most uncommon was the arrangement itself. Typically, a couple hire a surrogate to carry and deliver a child for them, but in this case Todd would become pregnant first. Parents would be found later.