Surrogacy is an arrangement, often supported by a legal agreement, whereby a woman agrees to become pregnant, carry the pregnancy to due term, and give birth to a child, for another person, who will ultimately become the parent of the newborn child.
A woman may resort to surrogacy when pregnancy is medically impossible, or when pregnancy risks present a danger to the mother’s health, or due to other fertility issues.
Surrogacy is quite popular in developed countries and international celebrities like Gabrielle Union and Kim Kadarshian have used surrogacy to birth to birth their children.
In Nigeria, however, through Olaronke Thadeus, some women are beginning to accept the procedure of surrogacy to have their children.
Olaronke is the founder of an online platform that connects people to surrogate mothers. The platform joins surrogate mothers, egg donors, sperm donors, surrogacy lawyers, agencies and fertility clinics.
“The baby in my womb is not mine, I am just helping someone to carry it. the intending parent has been trying to conceive for 17 years,” Mayowa, a surrogate mother, tells BBC Pidgin, noting that her utmost desire is to see the parents happy.
After the birth of the baby, Mayowa says she will be compensated.
Another surrogate mother, Favour George, said, one has to be medically fit to be a surrogate mother.
Olaronke, who serves as an agent says there is no amount of money one can pay for the service of surrogacy. She describes it as priceless.
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