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IJHSR. 2015; 5(3): 321-323

Surrogacy- Does It Affect Physiology of Bonding Between Surrogate Mother- Fetus and Biological Mother- New Born?

Preeti Tyagi, Amit Kant Singh, Shalini Tomar, Naina Kumar, Namit Kant Singh, Ramji Singh, Ajay R Chaudhari, Narsingh Verma.

Surrogacy refers to a method of reproduction whereby a woman, known as surrogate, carries a pregnancy and gives birth as a substitute for the contracted party/ies. Women, due to poverty, joblessness, patriarchal social and family structures and low educational levels, opt for becoming surrogates considering the financial gain through surrogacy. There are many odds of an adverse reaction and risks involved. Mothers who do not want pregnancy have lower quality bonding with the child. Childbirth and breastfeeding causes production of oxytocin which increases parasympathetic activity, thus reducing anxiety and fostering bonding as surrogate mother knows that she is only the carrier for the fetus thus she may have lower quality bonding with the fetus as compared to the biological mother and also there will be low quality bonding between the biological mother and the new born as she does not experience the processes of childbearing, childbirth and breastfeeding which play important role in fostering mother- child bonding.

Key words: surrogacy, mother- fetus bonding, wombs for rent, outsourced pregnancies, baby farms

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