Morning sickness. Swollen feet. Aching back. Weight gain. Indigestion. It’s challenging enough to carry a child for yourself. Now imagine going through all that for someone else, especially a stranger.
The trend of couples delaying pregnancy (resulting in increased infertility numbers of 15% of Canadian couples) as well as more same-sex couples choosing to become parents has resulted in a 400% increase in demand for the hundreds of Canadian women willing to sign on to carry babies for others.
Some argue that surrogacy is a contentious ‘transaction’ turning a baby into a commodity. Others equate it to the decision that organ donors make – an altruistic act of kindness. Where do you stand? And just like organ donors consider their boundaries, would this decision change if it were not a close relationship to you, but a friend of a friend or even a stranger?