Family Building Through Gestational Surrogacy

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(Obstet Gynecol. 2016;127(3):620–621)

Gestational surrogacy is a practice where one woman agrees to bear a genetically unrelated child on behalf of another couple, with the help of assisted reproductive technologies. This type of pregnancy is a relatively uncommon but increasing practice, and obstetricians will be an inevitable part of the process when caring for either the carrier or the intended parents. Because of the complex ethical, medical, legal, and psychosocial issues involved, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recommends that surrogacies only be undertaken in situations where it is medically impossible or contraindicated for a couple to become pregnant.

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