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I would have thought so, yes

Surrogates have double the chance of dangerous pregnancy complications such as high blood pressure and heavy bleeding compared to natural mothers, a study suggests.

Canadian researchers looked at the records of nearly one million births and found that although babies born through surrogacy are no worse off, their birth mothers were at risk of health problems.

Around seven per cent of surrogates suffered severe complications, compared with just 2.4 per cent of women with natural conceptions and 4.6 per cent of people undergoing in vitro fertilisation (IVF).

Researchers are unsure what is causing the effect, but say that carrying someone else’s child may bring “physical and psychological impacts”.

Marina Ivanova, study author from Queen’s University, in Kingston, Canada, said: “There are several potential mechanisms that might explain the increased risk of severe maternal morbidity among gestational carriers (surrogates).

“These include differences in baseline health or socio-demographic characteristics of those who choose to become gestational carriers,

It’s not going to be the already rich who are the surrogate mothers now, is it?

6 thoughts on “I would have thought so, yes”

  1. The number of parents having a baby using a surrogate in England and Wales has almost quadrupled in the last 10 years. Parental orders, which transfer legal parentage from the surrogate, rose from 117 in 2011 to 435 in 2021.

    I couldn’t see the figure for Canada in the article so as its population is approx half that of England & Wales we might be looking at around 200 annual surrogate births. That’s not a very large sample.

  2. There’s a lot of cellular machinery around the mother’s body not recognizing the baby as “other” and treating it as an infection. Perhaps this isn’t perfectly matched in cases of surrogacy.

    That problems also occur around IVF would seem to corroborate, since those are also a manual intervention.

    Not sure why the mother is having the problems, though it’s possible that the interventions to prevent treating the baby as “other” might be erring on the side of helping the baby.

  3. “ Human Surrogacy is the only activity that combines eugenics, prostitution, abortion, kidnap, slavery & child abuse in one toxic package.”

    Paddy Manning

  4. Recusant said:
    “ Human Surrogacy is the only activity that combines eugenics, prostitution, abortion, kidnap, slavery & child abuse in one toxic package.”

    Only? Politics?

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