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Surrogacy in modern obstetric practice

Authors
Journal
Seminars in Fetal and Neonatal Medicine
1744-165X
Publisher
Elsevier
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1016/j.siny.2014.08.004
Keywords
  • Surrogacy
  • Surrogacy Arrangement
  • Surrogate Motherhood
  • Surrogacy Legislation
  • Parental Rights
  • Clinical Risk-Management
Disciplines
  • Computer Science
  • Law
  • Mathematics
  • Medicine
  • Philosophy

Abstract

Summary Surrogacy is rising in profile and prevalence, which means that perinatal care providers face an increasing likelihood of encountering a case in their clinical practice. Rapidly expanding scientific knowledge (for example, fetal programming) and technological advances (for example, prenatal screening and diagnosis) pose challenges in the management of the surrogate mother; in particular, they could exacerbate conflict between the interests of the baby, the surrogate mother, and the intending parent(s). Navigating these often-tranquil-but-sometimes-stormy waters is facilitated if perinatal care providers are aware of the relevant ethical, legal, and service delivery issues. This paper describes the ethical and legal context of surrogacy, and outlines key clinical practice issues in management of the surrogate mother.

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