The long-term experiences of surrogates: Relationships and contact with surrogacy families in genetic and gestational surrogacy arrangements
Reproductive BioMedicine Online
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Imrie, S., & Jadva, V. (2014). The long-term experiences of surrogates: Relationships and contact with surrogacy families in genetic and gestational surrogacy arrangements. Reproductive BioMedicine Online, 29 424-435. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.rbmo.2014.06.004
This study examined the contact arrangements and relationships between surrogates and surrogacy families and whether these outcomes differed according to the type of surrogacy undertaken. The study also examined surrogates’ motivations for carrying out multiple surrogacy arrangements and assessed surrogates’ psychological health. Semi-structured interviews were administered to 34 women who had given birth to a child conceived through surrogacy approximately 7 years prior to interview. Some surrogates had carried out multiple surrogacy arrangements and data were collected on the frequency, type of contact, and surrogate’s feelings about the level of contact in each surrogacy arrangement, the surrogate’s relationship with each child and parent, and her experience of, and motivation for, each surrogacy. Questionnaire measures of psychological health were administered. Surrogates had completed a total of 102 surrogacy arrangements and remained in contact with the majority of families and reported positive relationships in most cases. Surrogates were happy with their level of contact in the majority of arrangements and most were viewed as positive experiences. Few differences were found according to surrogacy type. The primary motivation given for multiple surrogacy arrangements was to help couples have a sibling for an existing child. Most surrogates showed no psychological health problems at the time of data collection.
psychological health, surrogacy, surrogate mother, surrogacy family, contact, relationship
This study was funded by the Economic and Social Research Council [grant number RES-061-25-0480].
External DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.rbmo.2014.06.004
This record's URL: https://www.repository.cam.ac.uk/handle/1810/246401
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