NPR Series: 21st Century Families http://www.kunc.org en Carrying 'Dreams': Why Women Become Surrogates http://www.kunc.org/post/carrying-dreams-why-women-become-surrogates <em>Last in a four-part report</em><p>Surrogacy is an idea as old as the biblical story of Sarah and Abraham in the book of Genesis. Sarah was infertile, so Abraham fathered children with the couple's maid. Today, there are many more options for people who want to grow their families — and for the would-be surrogates who want to help.<p>Macy Widofsky, 40, is eager to be a surrogate.<p>"I have very easy pregnancies. Tue, 17 Apr 2012 20:28:00 +0000 Marisa Peñaloza 25805 at http://www.kunc.org Carrying 'Dreams': Why Women Become Surrogates Gifting Birth: A Woman Helps Build Other Families http://www.kunc.org/post/gifting-birth-woman-helps-build-other-families For most mothers, there is no event in life bigger than giving birth to a child. Charity Lovas has given birth to eight children, yet only three of those children are her own.<p>It all began in 2002, when she and her family were living in Indianapolis. She says she was reading the Sunday newspaper and spotted an ad for ovum donors. She had never heard about it. She was curious.<p>She called the number in the ad. A woman at the other end of the line explained the egg donor program, and said they had a surrogate program, too.<p>"I couldn't wrap my own brain around the idea," she says. Tue, 17 Apr 2012 20:03:00 +0000 Marisa Peñaloza 25801 at http://www.kunc.org Gifting Birth: A Woman Helps Build Other Families Ties That Bind: When Surrogate Meets Mom-To-Be http://www.kunc.org/post/ties-bind-when-surrogate-meets-mom-be <em>Second in a four-part report</em><p>As she approached her sixth month of pregnancy last year, Whitney Watts' cervix had started to shorten. It's a common problem with twins. Watts was concerned, and was taking care not to overexert herself.<p>But it's probably fair to say her condition was far more frightening for Susan de Gruchy, the woman who had hired Watts to be a surrogate because she and her husband were unable to conceive. Fri, 13 Apr 2012 21:32:00 +0000 Jennifer Ludden 25627 at http://www.kunc.org Ties That Bind: When Surrogate Meets Mom-To-Be Legal Debate Over Surrogacy Asks, Who Is A Parent? http://www.kunc.org/post/legal-debate-over-surrogacy-asks-who-parent <em>Third in a four-part <em>report</em> Fri, 13 Apr 2012 20:29:00 +0000 Jennifer Ludden 25643 at http://www.kunc.org Legal Debate Over Surrogacy Asks, Who Is A Parent?