Physical and Psychological Effect of Surrogacy

A woman carries a child for an individual or couple who are unable to do so themselves in a surrogacy arrangement. The child is sometimes genetically related to the intended parents, but donor gametes are frequently used, and the child is genetically related to only one, or in some cases neither, of the intended parents. Surrogate mothers are sometimes genetically related to the child they carry, but they are not always. Some surrogacy arrangements are domestic, but many intended parents seek international surrogacy arrangements, which adds a layer of logistical and legal challenges.

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Surrogacy pays little attention to the rights of the resulting child, who is frequently separated from at least one biological parent, as well as potential half-siblings in cases where the commissioning parents use egg or sperm donors in conjunction with the surrogacy arrangement. Children have been denied part, or in some cases all, of the details of their biological origins in cases of anonymous egg and/or sperm donation. Surrogate-born children have been shown to experience “genetic bewilderment” , adjustment difficulties and might even have some physical effects and psychological effects on them. Overall health of surrogate babies is a major concern for all the intended parents.

A surrogacy arrangement increases the risk of stillbirth and the likelihood that the child will have a low birth weight. This is one of the physical effects seen in a child born via surrogacy and makes intended parents worry about the health of surrogate babies. A woman’s risk of developing hypertension and pre-eclampsia increases threefold when she carries a child conceived from a different egg than her own—a traditional gestational surrogate arrangement. Egg donors have openly discussed having conditions like infertility, blood clots, kidney disease, early menopause, and cancer. However, there is a dearth of information and research on the short- and long-term health effects of egg donation, making true informed consent impossible. Surrogacy is undoubtedly a viable option for both immediate and long-term outcomes, despite the fact that scientists are still unsure of the extent of these health considerations.

Given that maternal stress in general and unfavourable prenatal environments are known to have an impact on the development of the fetus and could cause negative physical effects on children. This additional maternal stress on top of the typical stresses of non-surrogate pregnancies is cause for concern. The risks to the future wellbeing of surrogate children should not be disregarded by lawmakers considering whether to legalize surrogacy, given what is known about weaker emotional maternal-fetal bonds, additional stresses encountered in surrogacy, and potential physical effects and health of the surrogate baby.

The newborn may experience trauma if it is taken away from the surrogate, who serves as both the genetic and sometimes the gestational mother. At birth, newborns are given to intended parents. The intended parents take over from the surrogate mothers, who were their primary caregivers during the prenatal stage. The physical and psychological effects of a child being taken away from its surrogate mother have not yet been investigated. Although the specifics of fetal memory’s operation are not fully understood, foetuses do have some memory. However, it is known that the loss or obstruction of the child’s ability to form early attachments as a result of the replacement of primary caregivers during the early postpartum phase is harmful and could have psychological effects to the child’s wellbeing. It is a worrying question that needs more investigation as to whether separation from primary caregivers during the prenatal stage results in a similar loss.

Of course, similar losses also happen in other situations, like when a newborn’s mother passes away. We consider those situations unfortunate, if not tragic. So how is it fair to subject surrogate children to such losses? Surrogacy agreements’ main goal is to keep the children apart from their gestational mothers. A child born to a surrogate mother is intentionally cut off from the mother who carried him, whose own genetic make-up, environment, and behavioural choices affected how the child’s genes were expressed prior to birth so there could be some psychological and emotional effects of surrogacy.

According to research on children who lose their biological mothers, newborns who are separated from their surrogate mothers may have trouble reattaching to new parents.These kind of emotional effects on children born via surrogacy is most feared by intended parents even though most children born via surrogacy are healthy mentally and physically. The particular situation of surrogacy should be researched because loss circumstances can impact reattachment. Reattachment issues is one of the serious negative physical and psychological effects of surrogacy on the child born.

Furthermore, even if the commissioning parents wished for their children very much, it might take them some time to adjust because of their conflicts. A void in the child’s reattachment to his or her new primary caregivers may result from this. For instance, it has been noted that a “missing genetic link” in surrogacy agreements can cause problems for the marital relationship if the commissioning mother believes the child to be her husband’s through the surrogate. The child may suffer more harm than harm from adoption if the mother rejects or finds it difficult to bond with the child due to emotional difficulties. When this happens, the surrogate mother—who is also the child’s gestational and occasionally genetic mother—rejects the surrogate child, who is then rejected by the commissioning mother.

It’s not out of the question for feelings to be conflicted. After legally adopting the children, some intended mothers who had used traditional surrogates—surrogates who are biological mothers who both provide the ova and carry the child—felt that it would have been simpler to accept children who shared their genetic heritage. However, the same study also showed that among intended mothers who were genetically related to their offspring, the proportion who thought it was simpler to accept a genetically related child fell after they actually gained custody of their offspring. Recent studies have linked maternal-fetal sensitivity to maternal-baby sensitivity, and it is well known that attachments during pregnancy are beneficial for caring for the baby, but it could also have severe psychological and emotional effects on the child born via surrogacy even the surrogate mother. For mothers who hire someone else to carry their child, such attachments are impossible. Disconnecting childbirth from childrearing forces commissioning mothers to raise their children without being able to take advantage of the sensitivity and attachments formed between the mother and fetus during pregnancy.

As much as proponents like to portray surrogacy as being driven by a charitable desire to aid others who have a strong desire for children, surrogate children may not understand all of those strong desires. In the end, they may still be affected by the fact that their gestational, and possibly genetic, mothers gave birth to them only to give them up—often in exchange for payment. The gestational and possibly genetic environments that so profoundly shaped the person a child becomes during surrogacy includes the emotional effects on children born via surrogacy. It would be naive to believe that new laws could compel commissioning parents to authorize future contact between their offspring and the surrogates who carried them or mandate that surrogates consent to such contact. Cross-border surrogacy agreements are common.

The culmination of everyone’s efforts throughout the surrogacy process is the emotional transfer. This is one of the most thrilling, fulfilling, and emotional phases of the entire surrogacy process, and it is also the time when intended parents must pay close attention to the needs of their unborn child. Even though, we have seen emotional effects on children born via surrogacy given enough time, preparation, and a successful emotional transfer, attachment and bonding will naturally occur and be just as strong and long-lasting as it is for families created through other means, even though intended parents may not have nine months to bond with their child before birth. Read our other blogs to know more about surrogacy.

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    Physical and Psychological Effects of Surrogacy

    A woman carries a child for an individual or couple who are unable to do so themselves in a surrogacy arrangement. The child is sometimes genetically related to the intended parents, but donor gametes are frequently used, and the child is genetically related to only one, or in some cases neither, of the intended parents. Surrogate mothers are sometimes genetically related to the child they carry, but they are not always. Some surrogacy arrangements are domestic, but many intended parents seek international surrogacy arrangements, which adds a layer of logistical and legal challenges.

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    Surrogacy pays little attention to the rights of the resulting child, who is frequently separated from at least one biological parent, as well as potential half-siblings in cases where the commissioning parents use egg or sperm donors in conjunction with the surrogacy arrangement. Children have been denied part, or in some cases all, of the details of their biological origins in cases of anonymous egg and/or sperm donation. Surrogate-born children have been shown to experience “genetic bewilderment” , adjustment difficulties and might even have some physical effects and psychological effects on them. Overall health of surrogate babies is a major concern for all the intended parents.

    A surrogacy arrangement increases the risk of stillbirth and the likelihood that the child will have a low birth weight. This is one of the physical effects seen in a child born via surrogacy and makes intended parents worry about the health of surrogate babies. A woman’s risk of developing hypertension and pre-eclampsia increases threefold when she carries a child conceived from a different egg than her own—a traditional gestational surrogate arrangement. Egg donors have openly discussed having conditions like infertility, blood clots, kidney disease, early menopause, and cancer. However, there is a dearth of information and research on the short- and long-term health effects of egg donation, making true informed consent impossible. Surrogacy is undoubtedly a viable option for both immediate and long-term outcomes, despite the fact that scientists are still unsure of the extent of these health considerations.

    Given that maternal stress in general and unfavourable prenatal environments are known to have an impact on the development of the fetus and could cause negative physical effects on children. This additional maternal stress on top of the typical stresses of non-surrogate pregnancies is cause for concern. The risks to the future wellbeing of surrogate children should not be disregarded by lawmakers considering whether to legalize surrogacy, given what is known about weaker emotional maternal-fetal bonds, additional stresses encountered in surrogacy, and potential physical effects and health of the surrogate baby.

    The newborn may experience trauma if it is taken away from the surrogate, who serves as both the genetic and sometimes the gestational mother. At birth, newborns are given to intended parents. The intended parents take over from the surrogate mothers, who were their primary caregivers during the prenatal stage. The physical and psychological effects of a child being taken away from its surrogate mother have not yet been investigated. Although the specifics of fetal memory’s operation are not fully understood, foetuses do have some memory. However, it is known that the loss or obstruction of the child’s ability to form early attachments as a result of the replacement of primary caregivers during the early postpartum phase is harmful and could have psychological effects to the child’s wellbeing. It is a worrying question that needs more investigation as to whether separation from primary caregivers during the prenatal stage results in a similar loss.

    Of course, similar losses also happen in other situations, like when a newborn’s mother passes away. We consider those situations unfortunate, if not tragic. So how is it fair to subject surrogate children to such losses? Surrogacy agreements’ main goal is to keep the children apart from their gestational mothers. A child born to a surrogate mother is intentionally cut off from the mother who carried him, whose own genetic make-up, environment, and behavioural choices affected how the child’s genes were expressed prior to birth so there could be some psychological and emotional effects of surrogacy.

    According to research on children who lose their biological mothers, newborns who are separated from their surrogate mothers may have trouble reattaching to new parents.These kind of emotional effects on children born via surrogacy is most feared by intended parents even though most children born via surrogacy are healthy mentally and physically. The particular situation of surrogacy should be researched because loss circumstances can impact reattachment. Reattachment issues is one of the serious negative physical and psychological effects of surrogacy on the child born.

    Furthermore, even if the commissioning parents wished for their children very much, it might take them some time to adjust because of their conflicts. A void in the child’s reattachment to his or her new primary caregivers may result from this. For instance, it has been noted that a “missing genetic link” in surrogacy agreements can cause problems for the marital relationship if the commissioning mother believes the child to be her husband’s through the surrogate. The child may suffer more harm than harm from adoption if the mother rejects or finds it difficult to bond with the child due to emotional difficulties. When this happens, the surrogate mother—who is also the child’s gestational and occasionally genetic mother—rejects the surrogate child, who is then rejected by the commissioning mother.

    It’s not out of the question for feelings to be conflicted. After legally adopting the children, some intended mothers who had used traditional surrogates—surrogates who are biological mothers who both provide the ova and carry the child—felt that it would have been simpler to accept children who shared their genetic heritage. However, the same study also showed that among intended mothers who were genetically related to their offspring, the proportion who thought it was simpler to accept a genetically related child fell after they actually gained custody of their offspring. Recent studies have linked maternal-fetal sensitivity to maternal-baby sensitivity, and it is well known that attachments during pregnancy are beneficial for caring for the baby, but it could also have severe psychological and emotional effects on the child born via surrogacy even the surrogate mother. For mothers who hire someone else to carry their child, such attachments are impossible. Disconnecting childbirth from childrearing forces commissioning mothers to raise their children without being able to take advantage of the sensitivity and attachments formed between the mother and fetus during pregnancy.

    As much as proponents like to portray surrogacy as being driven by a charitable desire to aid others who have a strong desire for children, surrogate children may not understand all of those strong desires. In the end, they may still be affected by the fact that their gestational, and possibly genetic, mothers gave birth to them only to give them up—often in exchange for payment. The gestational and possibly genetic environments that so profoundly shaped the person a child becomes during surrogacy includes the emotional effects on children born via surrogacy. It would be naive to believe that new laws could compel commissioning parents to authorize future contact between their offspring and the surrogates who carried them or mandate that surrogates consent to such contact. Cross-border surrogacy agreements are common.

    The culmination of everyone’s efforts throughout the surrogacy process is the emotional transfer. This is one of the most thrilling, fulfilling, and emotional phases of the entire surrogacy process, and it is also the time when intended parents must pay close attention to the needs of their unborn child. Even though, we have seen emotional effects on children born via surrogacy given enough time, preparation, and a successful emotional transfer, attachment and bonding will naturally occur and be just as strong and long-lasting as it is for families created through other means, even though intended parents may not have nine months to bond with their child before birth. Read our other blogs to know more about surrogacy.

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