In a new study, Dr. Reame asks, «Do women ever regret having a surrogate?» The authors discuss the reasons why surrogates have such a self-sacrificing spirit. The surrogates have the unique opportunity to experience childbirth and pregnancy, develop a close bond with their recipients, and even develop a sense of family with the babies they bear. The study found that about two-thirds of women surveyed were extremely satisfied with the experience.
Surrogates embody a self-sacrificial spirit.
In her book Violence and the Sacred, Rene Girard argues that the surrogate victim is the working foundation of all cultural rituals and religious symbolism. The surrogate victim is the origin of all great institutions of human thought, from the most sacred to the most mundane. This fact alone argues for the self-sacrifice of the surrogate victim.
They enjoy pregnancy and childbirth.
Many women who have been surrogates have enjoyed the physical and emotional changes of pregnancy. Still, they are also thrilled to learn they are not putting up with the usual side effects of childbirth. They also enjoy the knowledge that they are bringing a new life into the world. This type of surrogate pregnancy is the best way to have a child while maintaining your personal and healthy boundaries.
The average surrogate is in her late 20s or early 30s and has had at least one previous child. The intended parents reassured her that her pregnancy would be easy and without complications. Surrogates also reported feeling connected to the intended parents and excited about providing a gift of gestation. These women have also found new families through surrogate programs.
Surrogates are usually asked questions regarding their experiences with surrogacy. The surrogate’s responses to questions about their experience were categorized according to how satisfied or disappointed they were. The experience was coded as positive if the surrogate described it as a positive source of enjoyment with no significant problems. In contrast, a negative experience was classified as disappointing or distressing.
Almost all surrogates enjoyed their child and reported positive relationships with the parents. They described their relationship with the child as lovely, cute, and sweet. They also noted that it was satisfying to watch the child grow and receive updates about their child’s life. Some even said they had a close bond with their surrogate, which was a big part of their enjoyment of pregnancy and childbirth.
They enjoy relinquishment
In their study, women reported varying satisfaction levels with their experiences with voluntary surrogacy. A majority reported enjoying their pregnancy and relinquishment. But some also experienced ambivalence and disappointment. What do women think of their experience? Read on to find out. Here are some of the most common reasons women relinquish their babies. In addition to the obvious reasons for relinquishment, they may also have another reason for wanting to become a surrogate.
They develop a strong bond with recipients.
Surrogate mothers are often compared to celebrities, so it’s not surprising that women develop a close bond with their intended parents after donating their eggs. Surrogates often experience many changes during the surrogacy process, both physical and emotional. They share many complicated feelings, such as loss and grief. Surrogate and recipient women often spend at least a year getting to know each other well, and most intend to stay in touch long after the arrangement has ended.
In a recent study, Ragone noted that many women who participate in surrogacy express a strong bond with their recipients. Most surrogates said they loved being pregnant and childbirth, which added to their lives. Some even developed unusual friendships with the commissioning parents. Other surrogates reported feeling a deep relief after relinquishing the baby and were relieved to be done with the process.
In contrast, surrogates in India had significantly higher levels of depression than their mothers. Surrogates in India also reported lower emotional attachment to the unborn child. In contrast, Indian surrogates showed more concern for the unborn child and took excellent care to ensure the child’s healthy growth. In the west, however, surrogates are generally not vulnerable to long-term psychological damage. One study found that surrogates did not develop a close bond with the fetus, but many women had a strong emotional bond with the recipients.
Surrogacy should be considered in the context of women’s political inequality. Moreover, Radin notes that surrogacy may be ironic self-deception. Surrogate mothers may feel they are fulfilling their role as women by bearing the baby, but this may reinforce oppressive gender roles. However, most women who undergo voluntary surrogacy develop strong bonds with their recipients.
They don’t regret having a voluntary surrogate.
The majority of women who become surrogates never regret the decision. Surrogates report positive relationships with their couples. Eighty-five percent of mothers and eighty-five percent of fathers say they have positive relationships with their surrogates. One percent of mothers and fathers report neutral or ambivalent relationships, while three percent and four percent reported no ties. Surrogates have also said no regrets about their experiences with couples.
The study’s results are surprising. Surrogates are generally satisfied with their experiences. Only a quarter reported having any psychological problems before becoming a surrogate. Seven of those women reported having postnatal depression after the birth of their child. Three other women reported experiencing depression related to events such as divorce. According to a survey conducted by the University of California, women don’t regret having a voluntary surrogate.
Another study involving the same surrogates showed that surrogates aren’t likely to regret their decisions. One study found that five percent of surrogates completed more than one surrogacy arrangement. Most of them maintained contact at varying frequencies and levels with different families. Furthermore, three surrogates met two surrogacy arrangements for the same family and reported the same frequency of contact with both families.
However, one study found that some surrogates suffer from psychological issues after serving as surrogates. Two of those who reported such problems had three months of postnatal depression after their child’s birth and the surrogate’s birth. One reported experiencing depression after a life event but recovered. Although these experiences are rare, they are worth noting.