Expert advises couples with child bearing problem to embrace surrogacy


By Christian Ogbonna

Abakaliki, Feb. 16, 2021 The Chief Medical Director, Ebonyi State Government House Clinic, Dr Richard Nnabu has urged couples with challenges of child birth to embrace surrogacy practice.

Nnabu, Public Health Physician gave the advice in an interview with newsmen in Abakaliki on Tuesday.

Surrogacy is an arrangement, often supported by a legal agreement, whereby a woman (the surrogate mother) agrees to bear a child for another person or persons, who will become the child’s parent(s) after birth.

He noted that surrogate could save the embarrassment of not bearing a child.

“Surrogate is what we know as the process of aiding reproduction in a family through a third party involvement.

“It occurs when couple may not be able to achieve pregnancy on their own not necessarily because they cannot achieve it but because of one health reasons or the other.

“Well, the practice is not common in Nigeria because of religious and cultural beliefs.

“Surrogate is done by harvesting the sperm cell of a man and ovaries of a woman and implant in another woman’s uterus that may be called the third party.

“Such woman may carry the pregnancy for nine months and at the end, will deliver and handover the baby to the actual parents.

“In the state and Nigeria at large, there is no law backing this practice for now,” he explained.

On Coronavirus, the Public Health Physician urged the general public to eschew handshakes and other body contacts in the efforts to curb the spread of and other viral diseases.

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