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Families Created Through Surrogacy: Is There Cause For Concern?

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The practice of surrogacy, whereby the woman who carries and gives birth to the child and the woman who is to raise the child are not the same person, is the oldest, and yet most controversial, of all reproductive interventions. All couples who choose surrogacy as a way to create a family must navigate a complex set of issues, not to mention an ambiguous legal situation, both before and after the child is born. The presence of the surrogate mother throughout pregnancy and often after the birth set surrogacy apart from other methods of assisted reproduction, such as donor insemination or egg donation, in which third party involvement ends at conception. This talk will outline these issues, and draw on longitudinal data from the first controlled study of a representative sample of surrogacy families in order to examine the implications of surrogacy for child development and parent-child relationships.

This talk is part of the Darwin College Sciences Group series.

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