Surrogacy is a negotiated arrangement in which a surrogate mother carries a child on behalf of a third party known as an intended parent (IP). Since the 1990s, surrogacy has become an increasingly popular option for members of the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender (GLBT) community and heterosexual couples struggling with infertility, offering an alternative to adoption and a more intimate connection to the pregnancy-related experience from conception to birth. This entry offers a glimpse into the world of surrogacy, focusing on the complex communication dynamics between the surrogate, IP, and society at large.
Surrogacy is driven in large part by three primary considerations: (a) the biological connection of the surrogate mother to the child (i.e., the type of surrogacy), ...
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