Gabrielle Union broke the internet the night she revealed her baby to the world via a surrogate. Images flooded the internet of her sitting in a hospital bed in a gown and wearing a hospital bracelet, but most of us were left puzzled as to why?
Why did she appear to have given birth herself? Why all the theatrics of hashtagging #skintoskin? What does this all mean?
For a long time surrogacy was kept hush by those who took that path, but now, more than ever, we’re publically embracing this beautiful life bringing option. Are you looking to use a surrogate for yourself? Here are 7 things you should know first:
1. You have to know why you’re doing it.
There are several reasons to consider using a surrogate to bear your child. Male same-sex couples who want to have a biological child often use a surrogate. Some women are unable to carry and bear a child due to cancer treatment, genetic conditions, having had a hysterectomy, or medical conditions that make it dangerous for them to get pregnant. Sometimes couples will use a surrogate when other fertility treatments have not been successful for them or there are problems with the female partner’s uterus.
2. There are two types of surrogates.