MIDDLE AGED SURROGACY

Someone I know in her early 60s with adult children and grandchildren is in a relationship with a man 15 years younger than her. He wanted to have a baby. So money being no object they found an egg donor, an American surrogate mother to carry the baby and a lawyer to sort out the payments, the baby's passport and legal documents. They brought the baby back to the UK and hired a nanny.  

This child has a genetic mother, a biological mother and an adoptive mother. Will she have identity issues? How will she feel with an old mother compared to her peer group? Will her adoptive mother die when the child is quite young? Was the mother's decision made out of fear of losing her partner to a younger woman? What were her real motives? Whose interests have come first?

There are several disturbing issues about this situation. It raises new questions about the uses of IVF and the meaning of motherhood. Is motherhood a right in any circumstances? At any age? At any price?
As this practice becomes more widespread there will be psychological consequences for all the parties concerned, not least the child. 

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