A family is preparing to welcome a new addition later this month after a woman offered to become a surrogate for her son and his wife.
Sandy Lawrence, 48 of Myrtle, Missouri said she is pregnant with her son's child. Sandy, who became pregnant in June of last year, said she wanted to do this for her son and his wife Mindy.
Mindy, Jake and Sandy visited the Sher Institute for Reproductive Medicine in St. Louis in early 2011. At the time, the family wanted to address concerns about having a 48-year old woman bear her son's child. All three learned surrogacy was possible.
"We asked the doctor all these questions and he was just like it was no big deal. Technology is so amazing and I feel like God has given us this opportunity that there's no words. It's just like, wow," said Mindy.
TODAY'S BOOK SUGGESTION:
A Matter of Trust: The Guide to Gestational Surrogacy
-- Published in 1997, this book is a step-by-step guide to surrogate parenting. It discusses finding and working with a surrogate, what a surrogate program provides, what to include in the contracts, recommended testing for potential surrogates, detailed costs for each item related to surrogacy, the medical procedure, medications and their side effects, embryo cryo-preservation, demographics of surrogates and surrogate couples and the effects of surrogacy upon children.
One chapter outlines the laws in U.S. states and in Israel, South Africa, Canada, the United Kingdom, Denmark, Germany, France, Switzerland, New Zealand, Australia, Hong Kong, Japan and Russia. Jewish law also is discussed, along with the views of several Christian denominations and other religions regarding surrogacy.
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