Trustworthiness and Care



Trust is a core value in surrogacy. Intended parents face risk and uncertainty in case the surrogate decides not to relinquish the baby. Surrogates fear that intended parents will not take the baby or will renege on their agreement with her. Commercial contracts cannot establish trust and a relational bond is too fragile to do so if something goes wrong. The professional model adopts the concept of professional trust where licensing, regulation, and selection for ethical qualities make practitioners trustworthy. Sanctions for unethical conduct protect users of the service.


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  1. 1.University of WaikatoHamiltonNew Zealand

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