Gestational surrogacy: medical, psychosocial, and legal considerations
An overview of the medical, psychological, legal, and international perspectives of gestational surrogacy is presented.
Volume 113, Issue 5, Pages 889–891
Susan C. Klock, Ph.D., Steven R. Lindheim, M.D., M.M.M.
Gestational surrogacy can provide an effective family-building method for women whose uterus is absent or dysfunctional and with contraindications to pregnancy, single men, and same-sex male couples. Over the past 30 years, gestational surrogacy cases have represented a growing percentage of third-party reproduction cases, both in the United States and internationally. The following series of articles provides a summary of current topics in optimizing GS arrangements. They focus on medical and psychological screening; psychosocial adjustment of carriers, children, and their families; legal considerations with precedent-setting cases that every clinician should know; and an international overview of cross-border surrogacy.