- • The incidence of surrogacy is rising.
- • Literature on associated obstetric risks is scarce and caution must be exercised when labelling surrogate pregnancies as low risk.
- • Although obstetricians’ responsibilities lie with the surrogate mother, they must ensure her wishes do not conflict with the best interests of the baby.
- • Prepregnancy counselling is the key to a successful surrogacy arrangement.
- • To gain an awareness of the different types of surrogacy.
- • To understand the law surrounding surrogacy.
- • To learn about antenatal, intrapartum and postpartum care in surrogacy.
- • When the surrogate mother's wishes and the interests of the child conflict, do obstetricians have the right to discuss this with the commissioning parents without her consent?
- • When should obstetricians seek ethical and legal support?
Please cite this article as: Bhatia K, Martindale EA, Rustamov O, Nysenbaum AM. Surrogate pregnancy: an essential guide for clinicians. The Obstetrician & Gynaecologist 2009;11:49–54.