Surrogacy Simplified

As more and more couples put off having children until they feel settled in their careers, artificial reproductive technologies (ART) are becoming increasingly common. Artificial insemination and in-vitro fertilization (IVF) increase the chances of multiple births. But even with all the technology, there are still some couples who can’t conceive. In these cases, a surrogate may be the best alternative. In this guest post, Hanna Griesbach explains the details.

Surrogacy is the means by which a woman carries a pregnancy and delivers a baby for another person. A surrogate mother can be the genetic mother or the gestational surrogate.

The first acknowledged case of surrogacy was documented in 1976. Over the course of time, surrogacy has dramatically increased in popularity. Statistics show that between 1987 and 1992, there have been an estimated 5,000 surrogate births recorded in the U.S.

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Womb for Went? Not anymore

One of the most prolific gestational surrogates ever, Meredith Olafson, just retired her uterus–after 11 surrogate births, including six c-sections. Olafson, a 47-year old nurse in North Dakota who also has four children of her own, carried three singletons, a set of twins, and two sets of triplets for other families.

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