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Surrogacy Fulfilling Form Of Motherhood

By Suzi Bartholomy
Messenger-Inquirer, Owensboro, Ky.

WWR Article Summary (tl;dr) In 1985, the first gestational surrogate baby was born. A gestational surrogate shares no DNA with the baby. One woman who has served as a surrogate says carrying a child for someone who would not have the privilege of being a parent is why she does it.

Messenger-Inquirer, Owensboro, Ky.

When Tisha Royal had her third child 12 years ago, her doctor suggested that she consider becoming a gestational surrogate.

A gestational surrogate is implanted with an embryo not related to her.

“My doctor said surrogacy serves other people,” Royal said. She commented that since Royal had easy pregnancies and deliveries, she would do well carrying a baby for someone else.

Several years later, she began researching surrogate motherhood. “I was going through a divorce and didn’t have to answer to anyone but myself and God,” she said.

“My biggest concern was my kids,” Royal said. “I didn’t want my pregnancy to take anything away from them.”

“They were supportive,” she said. She also checked with her minister and another preacher.

“I wanted them to tell me it was OK, but they really couldn’t say one way or the other,” she said.

In January, Royal will be delivering her second gestational surrogate baby. The little boy she is carrying is the son of a single man who lives in New York.

“He is in his 30s and wants to be a father,” she said.

Presently, he does not have marital prospects, Royal said.

“He plans on being in Owensboro when his baby is born,” she said.

“I know I’m doing the right thing. It feels right for me to do this,” she said. “It always has.”

When Royal decided to pursue surrogacy, she didn’t go through an agency as she did with the single father.

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