Definition of Surrogacy

Surrogacy: A method of reproduction in which a woman agrees to become pregnant, using her own eggs, and carry a child for another individual or couple. In some situations and locations a surrogate mother may be paid for her services. The term is sometimes used to refer to a woman who agrees to carry a biologically unrelated child for another couple that was conceived through in-vitro fertilization (IVF), but the term gestational surrogacy more accurately reflects this situation.


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