Psychological component of surrogate motherhood in the light of commodity market development

Keywords: surrogacy; children's rights; psychological well-being.

Abstract

Surrogacy is a popular practice, one of the types of assisted reproductive technologies aimed at helping childless couples in their desire to raise a healthy child. The modern information space has formed in surrogate mothers a set of ideas that surrogacy is a harmless, socially positive practice, an instrument of sacrifice that can help people solve their life problems. These theses are supported by a number of scientific studies that demonstrate the absence of any destructive psychological consequences for surrogate mothers. However, the results of this study suggest that such notions of surrogacy are only fragmentary and do not take into account the close biological, physiological and emotional closeness of the surrogate mother-child, which is formed during pregnancy and lasts until the end of life. This undermines the established paradigm of looking at the surrogate mother as an isolated "container" that has nothing to do with the child. As a result, surrogacy is presented as an immoral practice, and the alienation of the child becomes a form of commodity relations. In such circumstances, the moral feelings of most surrogate mothers about the services they provide are often unrealistic, fragmentary and illusory, as they do not take into account a number of factors that indicate a close relationship with the child and, consequently, the commodity nature of the relationship with "customers".

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Published
2021-11-01
How to Cite
Pohorilenko, A. (2021). Psychological component of surrogate motherhood in the light of commodity market development. Herald of Kyiv Institute of Business and Technology, 48(2), 52-57. https://doi.org/10.37203/kibit.2021.48.08