A Gestational Carrier and Surrogacy Q&A for Couples

What are the Risks of Using a Gestational Carrier or Surrogate?

The effect this decision will have on their emotional health is one of the most important risks for a couple to consider. Some couples may find the process of discovering a surrogate stressful and overwhelming. Due to the laws in each state, couples may also face uncertainty of what will happen if the surrogate changes her mind and wants to keep the baby. The couple and the gestational carrier or surrogate may also disagree on medical testing during pregnancy, lifestyle issues or delivery options. There are also risks associated with artificial insemination or in vitro fertilization (IVF). There is a higher chance of the gestational carrier or surrogate conceiving multiples or developing an ectopic pregnancy. Some studies also suggest that babies who were conceived through IVF having a higher risk of low birth weight or certain other medical conditions.

The entire process can come at a great financial cost and take an emotional toll on all those involved. While using a gestational carrier or surrogate does aid couples with fertility problems in having a baby, there are important factors to consider and answers which need answering before deciding upon this option.

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