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Surrogacy is a method of reproduction, where assisted reproduction technology is used to perform IVF and then transfer the resulting embryo into the womb of the gestational surrogate. The surrogate, or the gestational carrier agrees to become pregnant for the infertile
couple ( intended parents) . The child she gives birth to is not brought up by her but by the couple who are the biological parents of the baby.

Why Do Women Offer Surrogacy Services?

This is often an ethical question embroiled in a lot of debate. In many countries, the legal environment is rigid and designed to discourage surrogacy.

In India, having the option of hiring a surrogate can be immensely helpful for those parents who have no other option but this.


Is It Ethical?

As long as no one is being exploited in the surrogacy agreements, the entire process of surrogacy is highly ethical. Most people who choose to have a surrogate carry their baby, are grateful to the woman. They compensate her adequately, and often create lifelong emotional ties with the woman as well.

Read More- The Abuse and Misuse of Surrogacy


The topic of surrogacy is usually mired in ethical debates by activists. However, this is a service that women provide out of their own volition, and for infertile couples who cannot have a baby by any other means, this option is a life creating boon.

Authored by : Dr Aniruddha Malpani, MD and reviewed by Dr Anjali Malpani.

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