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COVID-19 travel restrictions prevent Chinese couple from taking custody of baby born to Idaho surrogate

COVID-19 travel restrictions prevent Chinese couple from taking custody of baby born to Idaho surrogate
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U.S. coronavirus travel restrictions are preventing a Beijing couple from taking custody of their newborn daughter from her surrogate mother in Idaho.

The surrogate mother gave birth to the couple's daughter on May 18, but travel restrictions that have remained in place since earlier this year mean the couple is still waiting to meet their child, The Associated Press reported Friday.

The biological parents are prohibited from entering the U.S. due to COVID-19 travel restrictions to and from China imposed on Feb. 2.

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"There's really no update on when [the parents] will be able to get here," Emily Chrislip, the surrogate mother, told the Idaho Statesman.

Chrislip, who is married and has a 2-year-old son, said she became a surrogate to help couples struggling with fertility issues.

She estimated she received as much as $40,000 in compensation for being a surrogate, adding that she used that money to help her family buy a larger home and pay off student loans.

Chrislip, who has since returned to work after taking time off after the birth, said she and her husband have formed a close bond with the couple in Beijing by sharing messages and videos every day to help them feel closer to their child.