Surrogate Mothers - A report on how they are obtained, reasons to become surrogate mothers, methods of pregnancy, the laws, downfalls of surrogacy, and story of first surrogate baby.

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Surrogate Mothers


Sooner or later most married couples feel the desire to create a family. Sometimes it can be difficult to do so if one of the parties involved is found to be infertile. Occasionally women are found to be unable to bear children due to past health complications. Both men and women can suffer from these complications which make them unable to produce offspring naturally. Learning that one is unable to have children can come as shocking news to an individual. As a result couples look to having children in methods other than those traditionally used. Alternatives such as adoption are an option, as well as fertility drugs. Adoption can be a relatively long, difficult and costly process. Another more economical option is to hire a surrogate mother who could carry the genetic child of the couple for them.

How to Obtain a Surrogate Mother

Surrogate mothers are individuals who volunteer their services to carry a couple's child for them through the pregnancy.

There are organizations who can be contacted by the couple who want to hire a surrogate mother. Most surrogate mothers want to meet the couple they could possibly be dealing with before becoming involved in the process. This initial meeting can be done at the organization of the surrogate mother but often takes place in a more social setting such as dinner at a restaurant. The surrogate mother wants to get to know the couple whose child she will be carrying and become comfortable with them. If the surrogate is not comfortable with the situation they are able to withdraw without having made a commitment.

In the beginning of the eighties, when reproductive technology did not allow for both the man's sperm and his wife's eggs to be transferred into the surrogate mother, the child...