“Not my child to give away”: A qualitative analysis of gestational surrogates’ experiences
What are the experiences of gestational surrogates along the surrogacy pathway?
Seven main themes, and eighteen interrelated sub-themes grouped under the pre-, during, and post-surrogacy stages were identified. Many surrogates viewed surrogacy as a positive experience and as something meaningful and impactful to other people’s lives. Most surrogates had harmonious relationships with their intended parents and maintained on-going contact with the surrogacy family post birth.