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Surrogacy

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Surrogacy

Surrogacy involves a woman agreeing to carry a baby for someone else. It often involves complex legal and medical steps and is illegal in some countries.

Reasons to do surrogacy
Parents may choose this option if they are unable to conceive but want to have children who are biologically theirs. Single parents or same-sex couples may also want to have children this way.

2 Types of surrogacy
There are two types of surrogacy:

In 2021, only Gestational surrogacy is currently legal in Thailand.

What to consider
Parents can discuss a few details with specialists and lawyers to get a thorough understanding of the process and its implications before choosing a surrogacy option.

Relationship
Choosing a surrogate mother should be a well-thought-through process involving parents, the surrogate mother, lawyers, and specialists. Since pregnancy plays a crucial part in the baby’s development in the womb, both the parents and surrogate mother should express all their expectations clearly and in writing, under the supervision of a lawyer and a surrogacy specialist. So, regardless of how pregnancy, birthing, and the postpartum period unfolds, all parties have a clear idea of how to deal with possible challenges.

Mental and physical health
Surrogate mothers should be screened for diseases and illnesses that complicate pregnancy. The parents should discuss their expectations of diets and habits throughout the pregnancy with the surrogate mother.

Mental health conditions and support during pregnancy for the surrogate mother should also be considered. Most importantly, parents and the surrogate mother should plan for postnatal arrangements, such as breastfeeding options, so everyone knows their parts in welcoming the baby to the world.

Financial arrangements
Coverage of expenses related to prenatal care, such as doctor’s visits, prenatal vitamins, and pregnancy clothing, should be outlined clearly among all the parties involved. Birthing and hospitalization expenses, as well as postpartum care, are equally important in ensuring the newborn gets the best care from everyone.

Risks
Since surrogacy is a complex issue, here are a few risks you should know:

Benefits

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