20 Oct The History of Surrogacy
We at Future Generation aim to help families grow. But this is no new concept of ours. And we are certainly not among the first to imagine the possibilities of surrogacy. In fact, surrogates have had a role in cultures from across the globe for thousands of years. And in the past 40 years, advanced technology has progressed the science’s capabilities. Today, we are thankful for those who paved the way, made discoveries, learned painful lessons, and reformed the surrogacy protocol.
A timeline of surrogacy:
1976: Noel Keane, a lawyer who became central to the surrogacy debates of the 1980s, negotiated and drafted the first legal surrogacy agreement.
1978: With technology pioneered by the gynecologist, Patrick Steptoe and Cambridge research physiologist, Robert Edwards, the first IVF baby, was born. She, Louise Brown, was born on July 25, 1978.
1980: This year marks the first legally compensated surrogate, Elizabeth Kane. She and the intended parents both agreed to a traditional surrogacy for the compensation sum of $11,500.
1982: The first baby was born via egg donation.
1985: The first successful gestational surrogacy took place, meaning that the surrogate mother was not related to the child. This made significant strides in the world of surrogacy. Such advancement was celebratory because the surrogate was presumed less likely to feel connected to the baby she carried.
1986: This year signifies the famous Baby M case in which a surrogate agreed to a traditional surrogacy for a sum of $10,000. However, upon Baby M’s birth, the surrogate decided that she could not give up the baby to the intended parents, leading to a lengthy custody battle. However, the intended father eventually won custody. In response to this case, gestational surrogacy, wherein the surrogate is not biologically related to the child, gained significant support.
Surrogacy has come a long way in recent years. And still today, we strive to reform and improve the process for the protection and enjoyment of all parties. We are proud to take part in every step of this miraculous journey. And we invite you to join us! If you are interested in taking part in surrogacy, either as a surrogate or an intended parent, do not hesitate to reach out to us at Future Generation. Our team maintains expertise in all aspects of the process and aims to ensure a purely positive experience for all parties. Contact us today!