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What do I need to know about using a surrogate mother?

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There's still some controversy about using a surrogate mother to have a baby. The legal process is also tricky because it varies from state to state. Even so, whether it's because of fertility problems or other reasons, surrogacy is an option for you and your partner. Find out how it works and see if it's right for you.

SOURCES:

American Society for Reproductive Medicine: "Third Party Reproduction."

The Ethics Committee. Fertility and Sterility, November 2003.

The National Infertility Association: "Surrogacy," "Myths about Surrogates."

Sreenivas, K. and Campo-Engelstein, L. Cancer Treatment and Research, 2010.

Saul, S. The New York Times, Dec. 13, 2009.

American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists: "ACOG Committee Opinion, February 2008: 'Surrogate Motherhood.'"

Reviewed by Traci C. Johnson on September 6, 2019

SOURCES:

American Society for Reproductive Medicine: "Third Party Reproduction."

The Ethics Committee. Fertility and Sterility, November 2003.

The National Infertility Association: "Surrogacy," "Myths about Surrogates."

Sreenivas, K. and Campo-Engelstein, L. Cancer Treatment and Research, 2010.

Saul, S. The New York Times, Dec. 13, 2009.

American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists: "ACOG Committee Opinion, February 2008: 'Surrogate Motherhood.'"

Reviewed by Traci C. Johnson on September 6, 2019

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