Media Misconceptions about Surrogacy
As more and more people turn to the help of surrogate mothers, understanding of the process in society is growing. However, social networks, the media and other sources of information do not always disseminate correct information and often give a wrong assessment of what is happening. Because of this, there are many misconceptions and myths about what this method of ART entails, both for intended parents and surrogates.
In Feskov Human Reproduction Group, you can always get only reliable information about services of a surrogate mother. Our package offers guarantee the birth of a child in the most seemingly hopeless cases, thanks to the professionalism of our staff, medical innovations and an individual approach. Let's dispel some myths regarding substitution pregnancy.
The surrogate mother does not want to give up the baby
This psychological fear is the most common. However, surrogate mothers claim that everything was completely different than with their own children. Many see themselves as a perinatal nanny who takes care of someone else's child, provides him with care in this way.
Plus, women know that the baby doesn't belong to them genetically. And building a relationship with future parents further enhances the difference. In fact, interacting with the intended parents is the most enjoyable for the surrogate in the process. Women experience incredible joy and pride in helping other people build families. For some, this has become one of the brightest and most exciting events in their lives. Therefore, the concern about the preservation of the child, after he is born, does not even arise in most mothers.
Intended parents will obsessively control the woman's condition
A surrogate mother always independently controls her body and her condition. Even before the process begins, before reaching pregnancy, representatives of the clinic or agency meet with the parents and the surrogate to discuss all possible options. As well as all accompanying steps and milestones of the event. This is done so that the surrogate mother clearly knew all the nuances of a particular situation. Plus, trust and understanding is strengthened on both sides.
Mom is expected to take care of herself as much as possible to maintain a happy and healthy pregnancy. No one can force another person to do what he doesn't like.
The child and the surrogate mother are genetically related
Many people don't understand the difference between traditional and gestational surrogate process:
- In the traditional type of service, the mother is the genetic mother of the baby, as she gave her eggs to conceive.
- In the gestational type, there is no connection at the genetic level between the woman and the baby in the abdomen.
Due to moral and ethical issues, traditional surrogate motherhood is almost never used in the world. All surrogate pregnancies in the Feskov Human Reproduction Group and other clinics occur with the help of genetic material that is in no way associated with the surrogate. The eggs used in the process come from donors in surrogacy with donation or from intended parents.
This is one more reason why the mother calmly gives the newborn away - she does not have to “give up” her own baby.
A surrogate mother does it just for the money
Although women who carry someone else's child receive financial rewards, they usually do not take this step because of the money. They are mothers themselves and want to help other families experience the happiness of parenthood. Most women who have followed this path report that they have received a lot of support and positive reactions from family and friends for their intention to become a surrogate.
Nobody can get rich by being in a situation like this. However, this myth is one of the most persistent in society.
A surrogate pregnancy is necessarily multiple and difficult
No one will ever give guarantees of an ideal pregnancy, be it natural or substitutiary. However, in the clinics, as well as in our Center, there is a strict selection of candidates for surrogate mothers in order to minimize as many risks as possible. That is why all applicants must have a successful pregnancy in the past. Having a healthy past pregnancy gives more assurance that the next one will also proceed normally. And our specialists will do everything to ensure this in the best possible way.
The decision on the number of embryos transferred is part of the negotiation process. The surrogate mother has the right to agree on how many embryos will be transferred. The fact that many parents transfer more than one embryo and that multiple pregnancies entail certain risks gave rise to this myth. For most surrogate mothers, pregnancy proceeds without complications, resulting in one child being born. And sometimes, the well-being of the process can initiate another surrogate pregnancy.
Feskov Human Reproduction Group specialists are always ready to answer all questions and solve any problems that may arise in connection with the process.
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