• Nathan Riley, MD

Obgyno Wino Podcast Episode 66 - On Surrogacy and the Tribulations of Nuance

"All that was great in the past was ridiculed, condemned, combated, suppressed--only to emerge all the more powerfully, all the more triumphantly from the struggle." - Nikola Tesla

In episode 66, Sara Rosser, a CPM at the famous Farm in Summertown, TN, is joining the Obgyno Wino team to co-host coverage of future OB-related practice bulletins. She is also anticipating her second surrogacy pregnancy on behalf of a gentleman who is otherwise unable to start a family. Between her choice to offer herself as a surrogate and her family's adoption of their beautiful son, Silas, from Ethiopia, Sara has been forced to navigate a wide range of criticism (amidst an equal amount of support!) for her decisions around pregnancy, surrogacy, and adoption. Fortunately, Sara is a beautiful unicorn of a woman guided by intuition and morality, both of which we could use a little more in this world.

Keys from our conversation:

  • There is a wide variety of reasons for which a person would pursue the surrogacy route as a means of building family

  • At the end of the day, your opinion of what another person does with their body is none of your damn business.

  • Is somebody else's decision or position on something bothering you enough for you to speak up? Lead with an open heart and honest, tactful questions

  • If you truly believe in female empowerment around birth, then you can and should ask questions. and perhaps you might even present criticism in a respectful way. But without respect for her decision, you are no better than the patriarchy that you are so determined to topple.

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