Emotional aspects of intended parents

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Recently, the increasing prevalence of infertility is widely solved by using gestational surrogacy. The intended parents have motivated to involve in this complex reproductive technique as they desire to create a family and enjoy their parenthood with their biological child/children.

Conventionally it is true that people believe that love and affection are more with their biological child than an adopted child, though adoption is considered as a noblest social activity.

Gestational surrogacy is an option to have a genetically linked baby. Gestational surrogacy is an only option for intended parents to have a genetically linked child in case of failure of other fertility treatment options such as IVF, IUI, ICSI.

The intended parents who opt gestational surrogacy usually try to involve in throughout the pregnancy. An emotional attachment starts from the initial stage of conception to delivery of the child.

Intended parents become a part of every stage of growth of the fetus, even they can reach beyond through their emotional attachments. They start dreaming of their child. Such emotional bonding is quite similar to natural conceiving process.

The mental stress level is quite high for intended parents due to their inability for natural conception, along with these stringent rules and regulation and tedious clinical procedure involve in surrogacy.  

The factors like compliance of the country-specific rules and regulation, searching of a gestational carrier, relationship with the gestational surrogate throughout the gestational period, familial acceptance and in general social attitudes are the stressor of intended parents. Balancing of all these challenges requires significant emotional strength of the intended parents.

Searching of a gestational surrogate, compatibility with her and negotiations with the potential candidates are always a primary stressor for intended parents.

At the initial stage, the mismatch of interest or unable to get any satisfactory agreement between both the parties do not cause much psychological impact on intended parents in comparison with the disagreement created during a more advanced stage like, the time of embryo implantation or during gestational period creates much psychological impact on intended parents. 

The other psychological stressors include financial extortion from the surrogate, any clinical incidence of the surrogate during the gestational period, the stress of not receiving child after birth, legal and social disgrace, the well-being of the baby during developmental stage and after birth often create an impact on the general well-being of the intended parents.   

The above-mentioned factors require to take care in every step of gestational surrogacy to maintain the overall well-being of the intended parents, and also for maintaining the relationship with surrogate. The periodic check of all necessary subjects helps to avoid future problems.

It is well evaluated that less stressful pregnancy can create better parenthood. The adaption of parenthood is also a considerable emotional aspect for intended parents. The adaptive behavior gives the satisfaction of parenthood.

A research study data revealed that the psychological well-being as well as the relationship with offspring markedly higher in gestational surrogacy who had experience less stressor.

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The emotional satisfaction of intended parents is comparable with the parents who conceive naturally or through the egg donation process and this is increasing with the increasing age of the child.

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