“They have absolutely talked about trying for another baby with the help of a surrogate, but nothing seems decided for sure,” said the insider, adding of the couple’s then-7-month-old daughter, who was the only one of their children to be born via gestational surrogate, “Chicago is still little, and they have time.” (Related Gallery: Kim Kardashian Reveals If She and Kanye West Are Planning for Baby No. 4 )
Because a surrogate does not carry a child for her own family, surrogates shouldn’t be expected to pay the financial expenses associated with pregnancy — and you won’t have to. The intended parents will pay for all of your pregnancy-related fees, including all of the screening and legal costs incurred before you even become pregnant.
Studies examining the relationship between surrogates and the intended couple have found that surrogates can place a great deal of importance on this relationship which can determine how they perceive their surrogacy experience ( Ciccarelli and Beckman, 2005 ). In the longer term, the satisfaction of surrogates with the surrogacy arrangement may similarly depend on the relationship with the intended couple with less frequent contact being associated with less satisfaction ( Ciccarelli, 1997 ; Ciccarelli and Beckman, 2005 ). Whether or not contact is maintained may also be an important factor for the child and intended parents: whilst ongoing contact may help the child form a clearer understanding of their origins, it may also undermine the intended mother’s role as a parent ( Brazier et al, 1998 ; Golombok, 2004 ). Children born as a result of surrogacy (referred to in this paper as surrogacy children) and who are aware of their birth, have been found to have a good understanding of surrogacy by the age of 10 years, with those who were in contact with their surrogate reporting that they liked her ( Jadva et al., 2012 ). The majority of surrogates believe either that the resultant child should be told about their surrogacy birth, or that this decision should be up to the intended parents and not that the child should not be told ( Braverman and Corson, 2002 ; Blyth 1994 ; Jadva et al., 2003 ). Most intended parents tell their child about their birth using surrogacy by the age of 10 years, although not all parents who use genetic surrogacy mention the use of the surrogate’s oocyte ( Jadva et al., 2012 ). Thus it appears that parents may be more comfortable disclosing the absence of a gestational connection to their child than a genetic one.