something I was pondering

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Registered: 02-28-2007
something I was pondering
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Wed, 05-21-2008 - 12:42pm

I love babies and I like to watch the discovery health channel and tlc baby shows- I think that pregnancy and birth really are miraculous.


Anyway, I watched a show last night called quints by surrogacy and the show made me think and I thought it would be an interesting topic here.


So the parents could not carry their own child and they had a surrogate, they put in 5 embryos and to their surprise all 5 implanted.

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Registered: 04-19-2006
Wed, 05-21-2008 - 12:44pm

Legally the surrogate gets final say when it comes to termination. Morally it gets a bit stickier because there was a promise made to other people.

This fence is hurting my butt. I am off to ponder (and look at hotties in 101)










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iVillage Member
Registered: 02-28-2007
Wed, 05-21-2008 - 12:48pm
that is what I was thinking, after all it would be the surrogates body.
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iVillage Member
Registered: 02-15-2005
Wed, 05-21-2008 - 4:27pm
Seems to me all that would be laid out in the contract before implantation is even attempted.


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iVillage Member
Registered: 01-13-2006
Wed, 05-21-2008 - 9:38pm

I agree re: everything outlined in the contract before hand.

"It is right to be contented with what we have, but never with what we are."

iVillage Member
Registered: 11-18-2005
Thu, 05-22-2008 - 5:16pm
Since there is always a high risks of multiples with implantation, I would think it would be discussed before they were implanted.
iVillage Member
Registered: 01-13-2006
Thu, 05-22-2008 - 6:17pm

"Since there is always a high risks of multiples with implantation, I would think it would be discussed before they were implanted. "


I think so, too and it would likely be documented in the contract before implantation.

"It is right to be contented with what we have, but never with what we are."

iVillage Member
Registered: 11-18-2005
Thu, 05-22-2008 - 6:59pm
I agree. But, I wonder if the recourse for the donor is that they do not have to take all the children?
iVillage Member
Registered: 10-11-2005
Fri, 05-23-2008 - 4:35pm

I've got to agree, I would think this would all have to be spelled out in the contract.

~Sam

~~Sam stitches well with others, runs with scissors in her pocket. Cheerful and stupid.
iVillage Member
Registered: 01-13-2006
Fri, 05-23-2008 - 11:59pm

I am in agreement with everyone re: having things outlined in a contract before implantation.

"It is right to be contented with what we have, but never with what we are."

iVillage Member
Registered: 04-03-2005
Sat, 05-24-2008 - 8:01pm

I can't reconcile the idea of any sort of criminal charges being brought against a woman for deviation from the contract and opting to selectivle reduce. I can potentially see the wiggle room for some sort of a civil suit for breaking of contract, etc. However, I'm sure even with contracts and such, surrogacy works much the same way as adoption does. For instance, a couple could plan to adopt a child from a woman. Pay for all her medical expenses, housing, food, etc etc etc... with the implied and contractual agreement that she would be giving the child to the couple upon birth. However, the law will still hold faultless (from a legal aspect) the woman if she changes her mind, and everything that the couple intending to adopt gave to her during the pregnancy is then just considered a "gift," and they cannot collect anything, or recoup any losses, against her in either criminal or civil court.


Isn't there a surrogacy board somewhere here on iV? Maybe we could have Melisa go and post an invitation for any of them that want to to come here to this board and answer the question. I would imagine that those involved in surrogacies (be it the pregnant woman, or the couple utilizing a surrogate) would probably have some sort of insight into this that would be better than what we have. I mean, who knows? Maybe there's someone there w/ some BTDT experience?


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