Use of Gestational Carriers: Psychological Aspects

Chapter

Abstract

Use of gestational carriers is a growing technology that offers hope and promise to a new cohort of potential parents. Women without a uterus or those who have other contraindications for pregnancy as well as single men and gay male couples who lack the biologic capability to carry a pregnancy can now become parents with the help of a gestational carrier. Increasing numbers of young women are choosing to become gestational carriers, and post procedure most report the experience as positive. Preliminary research on children born by a gestational carrier indicates that they are developing normally. This chapter will describe the psychological aspects of the use of gestational carriers for intended parents, gestational carriers, and the children born as a result.

Keywords

gestational carriers IVF surrogacy psychological aspects intended parents 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive SciencesYale University School of MedicineNew HavenUSA

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