Sathvik and Ashwin

History of Surrogacy

The first "official" legal surrogacy agreement was enacted in the mid-1970's with the child who was referred to as Baby M. During that same time frame, surrogacy made the national and international news with the world's first "test tube" baby, Louise Joy Brown. a practice that is used today for implanting both sperm and egg in a laboratory to later be placed into the surrogate mother's uterus.It wasn't until 1980 though, that the first paid traditional surrogacy arrangement was conducted. the surrogate mother did not initially realize how strong her connection would be with the baby until it came time to give him up to the intended parents. In fact, later on, the surrogate mother in this case actually became an advocate against surrogacy, stating that it had a negative effect on her emotions, her family, and even her husband's career. It is for this reason that even though surrogacy can be a very positive and rewarding experience for both the surrogate mother and the biological parents, it is also important for those who intend to become surrogate mothers to be not just physically prepared, but emotionally as well. Not long afterwards, in 1983, was the first successful pregnancy done via egg donation. In this case, a woman was able to give birth to a baby through the use of eggs that were donated from another. It was this event that later led to the first gestational surrogacy in 1985.