The Psychological State of Surrogate Mothers

We are not just another surrogacy agency.  At Shared Conception, we sincerely strive to be successful in fulfilling your dreams and work hard to ensure that everyone is emotionally healthy and satisfied. As a result, we consistently do our research to keep our pulse on the psychological state of surrogate moms and even their kids. Here's some of the info we found.

  • A study by the Family and Child Psychology Research Centre at City University, London, UK, concluded that surrogate mothers rarely had difficulty relinquishing rights to a surrogate child and that the intended mothers showed greater warmth to the child than mothers conceiving naturally.
  • Anthropological studies of surrogates have shown that surrogates engage in various distancing techniques throughout the surrogate pregnancy so as to ensure that they do not become emotionally attached to the baby.
  • Many surrogates intentionally try to foster the development of emotional attachment between the intended mother and the surrogate child.
  • Surrogates are generally encouraged by the agency they go through (such as Shared Conception) to become emotionally detached from the fetus prior to giving birth.
  • Instead of the popular expectation that surrogates feel traumatized after giving birth to the child of the intended parents, an overwhelming majority describe feeling empowered by their surrogacy experience.
  • Although surrogate mothers generally report being satisfied with their experience as surrogates there are cases in which they are not. Unmet expectations are associated with dissatisfaction. Some women did not feel a certain level of closeness with the couple and others did not feel respected by the couple.
  • Some women experience emotional distress when participating as a surrogate mother. This could be due to a lack of therapy and emotional support throughout the surrogate process. Shared Conception willingly provides that support as needed.
  • A 2011 study from the Centre for Family Research at the University of Cambridge found that surrogacy does not have a negative impact on the surrogate's own children.
  • A recent study (involving 32 surrogacies, 32 egg donations, and 54 natural conception families) examined the impact of surrogacy on mother/child relationships and those children's psychological adjustment at seven years old.  Researchers found no differences in negativity, maternal positivity, or child adjustment.

We are a transparent surrogacy agency that will be compassionately straightforward with you,  and everyone else involved, as we help make your familial dreams come true! Call on us.



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