Disadvantages of having a surrogate mother include the costs and legal issues, while advantages include the increased chance of success with a surrogate. Each couple must weigh the pros and cons to determine if it is the right decision for them and their needs.
A surrogate mother carries another couple's baby to term, often because the woman is unable to become pregnant or stay pregnant. Surrogate mothers usually have all medical costs paid for by the couple and receive a stipend. This cost may be more than $40,000 for couples. However, it can ensure that couples that cannot conceive have the opportunity to raise a child that has their genes.