Elective C Section plans and scheduled inductions are very common in commercial surrogacy.
These surrogacy issues should be discussed in advance of the surrogate pregnancy, while in the contract stage.
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In many surrogacy contracts, the surrogate delivery will be planned in advance.
Basically, what this means, is that the intended parents, doctor, and surrogate mother plan to have the surrogate go through elective c section or planned induction on a certain date, to make things easier on all parties involved.
Why Schedule Delivery?
The main reason that surrogate pregnancies are often elective c sections or planned inductions is the sheer amount of people involved in such an arrangement. In a typical surrogacy, you may have the following people involved at the birth:
- The Surrogate Mother
- The Surrogate Mother’s Spouse
- The Surrogate Mother’s Children
- The Caregiver of the Surrogate Mother’s Children
- The Intended Parents
- The Other Children of the Intended Parents
- The Caregiver of the Intended Parent’s Children
- The Delivering Doctor
- The Intended Parent’s Lawyer
- The DNA Specialist
In most situations, it is simply easier scheduling induction or an elective c section, whenever possible, in advance. With so many people needing to schedule time off, arrange for child care, and even arrange court hearings, when possible, it becomes a logistical nightmare.
Planning delivery is just an easier way of handling things.
Do All Surrogacy Arrangements Plan Delivery?
Not all surrogate mothers and intended parents plan delivery with an elective c section or scheduled induction. Many wish for things to progress as naturally as possible, and want to wait for birth to happen.
This is fine. It is also important to note that even when a birth is scheduled, the baby may decide to come early.
Whatever is decided, it may be something that the intended parents or surrogate mother wish to include in the commercial surrogacy contract.