Not being able to conceive a child can be heartbreaking for any couple. Fertility issues are to blame in some cases; in others, carrying a child to term could be medically dangerous or impossible for the mother. One possible solution for a couple facing childlessness is surrogacy. **Surrogacy is an arrangement in which another woman agrees to carry a child for the couple and surrender it to them when it's born**. While surrogacy can make dreams of parenthood come true, it can be fraught with legal implications, emotional turmoil and unforeseen complications. It's a decision no couple or potential surrogate should enter into impulsively.
Pros and Cons for SurrogacyBy Brooke Julia
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- WebMD: Infertility & Reproduction Health Center: Using a Surrogate Mother: What You Need to Know
- American Society for Reproductive Medicine: Third-Party Reproduction: Sperm, Egg and Embryo Donation and Surrogacy
- Healthy Women: Considering Surrogacy? Get the Answers You Need
- The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists: ACOG Committee Opinion: Surrogate Motherhood