Making Babies: 21st Century FamiliesIn an occasional series, NPR explores how advances in reproductive technology are changing when and how we create families and prompting new debates on the impact — legal, ethical and social.
Making Babies: 21st Century Families
NPR explores how advances in reproductive technology are changing when and how we create families.
Surrogate Whitney Watts had her son, J.P., while her husband, Ray Watts, was at sea with the Navy. Surrogacy experts say it's crucial for surrogates to have their own children because they'd presumably understand the emotions involved in bearing a child. The couple for whom Whitney carried twins paid for all expenses during the pregnancy, including private health insurance.
William Stern holds his daughter, then known as Baby M, in 1987. The Sterns' surrogate tried to keep the baby after she was born. Their court battle became the first public debate about surrogacy.
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