Surrogacy used to be considered an option exclusively for infertile couples. But a new trend has more woman doing it for less medically-urgent reasons.
According to a recent article in "Elle" magazine, mothers are choosing not to carry their baby themselves. They do it either to continue working without maternity leave or to keep their bodies from the effects of pregnancy.
Dr. Deborah Lauridsen with Physician Associates explained why "social surrogacy" is gaining popularity and some of the implications of this trend.
Dr. Lauridsen said women are choosing surrogacy because in our society they are becoming more career oriented and do not want to jeopardize their job or miss out on a possible promotion. Others are merely afraid of what pregnancy will do to their bodies.
But Dr. Lauridsen said it does lead one to question what a woman's parenting skills are going to be like if she is not willing to sacrifice 9 months of pregnancy for her child. Will they be willing to make sacrifices for their child once it is born?
She said you also have to consider the emotional toll pregnancy takes on a surrogate, who carries the baby for 9 months and then has to give it up.
Social surrogacy costs upwards of $100,000 per pregnancy. Dr. Lauridsen said if you are considering surrogacy, think long and hard about your decision and consult your doctor.