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Nigerian Myths Surrounding Surrogacy

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There are many misconceptions and myths surrounding surrogacy and working with a surrogate/gestational carrier. Surrogacy is an assisted reproductive technology (ART) that’s advancing at a rapid rate, making intended parents’ dreams come true in a more efficient and easier way than ever before. However, it’s still a fairly new process — and, because the nuances of the processes can change relatively quickly, there is still a lot of misinformation about surrogacy. Myths Of Surrogacy
No matter whether you’re interested in completing a surrogacy of your own or just want to learn more, it’s important that you recognize these myths and their truths. Not only will this help you better understand surrogacy yourself, it also gives you the knowledge to clear up some of these misconceptions whenever you hear them from other people.
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Here are some of the most common myths that unfortunately still exist when people think about surrogacy: 
1. Surrogacy Is Only For The Celebrities And The Wealthy:
Well to a large extent this is a misconception because in truth surrogacy isn’t particularly for the rich nor just for celebrities. There are several reasons why a person could opt for surrogacy starting with, a pre-existing health condition, infertility, same-sex couple or a single parent or it could be a career choice.
However, it is quite an expensive process for an average Nigerian to afford but it doesn’t rule it out as an option. So say a person has been advised not to get pregnant nor have a child for health reasons, surrogacy is one way to go if the involved couple really wants to have a child and don’t want to go with the adoption option.
2. Women Who Choose To Do Surrogate Are Weak/Lazy:
Surrogacy is a very emotional and expensive process for a woman to have a baby. A woman who typically chooses surrogacy after multiple failed attempts and methods to conceive and carry a baby herself. The decision to continue with surrogacy is almost always a last resort. There is little to no truth to a woman going through surrogacy to keep their figure. Most women who want to be parents do not care about temporary weight gain. Having a family is the most important aspect of their lives and our number one priority.
3. Intended parents are not able to bond with a baby that is being carried by another woman:
Surrogacy is a partnership; intended parents and the surrogate work together through every step. While the intended parents may not be able to experience every moment of the pregnancy, they will be able to be a part of milestones like doctors’ visits, baby showers and the birth of their child.
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A surrogate is happy to let the parents be a part of her surrogate pregnancy, and she may even make a pregnancy scrapbook to document the parents’ pregnancy for their future child. Intended parents can bond with their child even when another woman is carrying him or her. They can speak to the child in person or over a recording that the surrogate plays, they can be there to feel the baby kick and move, and more. Ultimately, it will be up to intended parents and the surrogate as to what kind of pregnancy contact is possible and acceptable during this stage of the surrogacy process.
A bond with a child is less about who is carrying them and more about who cares for them after birth. Many intended mothers report feeling a strong maternal connection with their newborn immediately after birth.

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4.  Surrogate Mums Can’t Breastfeed Their Child Since They Weren’t Pregnant:
Breastfeeding as an intended mother is absolutely possible in surrogacy — and highly recommended. A fertility doctor can help intended mothers breastfeed their babies by prescribing the proper hormones and inducing lactation. As long as intended mothers put in the time and effort into inducing lactation, they can successfully breastfeed their baby like any other mother. 
5.   A Gestational Carrier Can Decide To Change Her Mind And Keep The Child:
In gestational surrogacy, this is a nearly impossible thing to do. Because a surrogate is not genetically related to the child she is carrying, she has no parental rights to keep a child after birth. In addition, your surrogacy lawyer and surrogacy professional will make sure that the intended parents’ rights are protected while the surrogate is still pregnant.
A pre-or post-birth parentage order establishes those parental rights and, many times makes it possible for the intended parents’ names to be placed on the birth certificate at the hospital. Watch our trending video of the day below;
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