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Housekeeper, Au Pair, Surrogate. Where do we draw the line?
A blog by LaShaundra Seale, May 1, 2014
In an age when we can choose to have someone clean our house, assist in raising our children, and do any task we don't care to do; is it going too far to hire a surrogate to carry a child, “just because” you can?
Many women in the U.S. and abroad have no option but to hire a surrogate or gestational carrier to have a baby. These women have exhausted attempts of trying on their own, and with the assistance of IVF. Surrogacy is often their last resort. It usually comes at a hefty price of $60,000 or more. For many couples, the price alone makes the choice unobtainable. If you've ever been in the position of trying unsuccessfully to get pregnant, or know someone who's been trying, you understand how a couple will go to the ends of the earth to have a baby.
So it's a bit confusing to some, as to why certain healthy women choose to hire a surrogate when they are medically and physically capable of carrying and having a baby themselves. These women have not been riddled with cancer, endometriosis, or many other diseases that rob them of bearing children.
The new trend for women who can afford it, is to hire a surrogate because they don't want to ruin their bodies, don't want a pregnancy to interfere with their stellar careers, or just don't want to go through the inconvenience of feeling sick, nauseous, and bloated.
In a time when most women still count it as a blessing to be able to conceive and bear their own children, I say, if some women choose to have a surrogate carry their child just because, and they can afford it. Go for it. To each its own. What do you think?