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The Altruistic Heart of Surrogacy: A Data-Centric View

In the world of surrogacy, understanding the motivations that propel women to become surrogates is critical to both intended parents and those researching to become surrogates. To this end, a data-driven approach reveals a heartening narrative of altruism and empathy. A significant 72% of surrogates underscored “the desire to help a couple have a family” as the most important factor driving their decision to embark on this selfless journey. This number is a profound testament to the human heart’s boundless capacity and the lengths surrogates are willing to traverse to help intended parents achieve their goals of having a baby.

“The calling to help others in need,” another factor deeply rooted in altruism, was cited as a significant motivating factor by 59% of surrogates. This figure further emphasizes the kindness and empathy inherent in the decision to become a surrogate, revealing the readiness of these remarkable women to shoulder the responsibility of fulfilling the dreams of couples they may not even know.          

Intriguingly, the data also dispels a commonly held assumption about surrogacy – that it is primarily motivated by financial gain. In stark contrast to this belief, only 31% of surrogates identified compensation as a very important factor in their decision-making process. This finding serves as a poignant reminder that the surrogacy journey is far more about heart than about money.                                                  
In conclusion, the numbers tell a powerful story of selflessness, painting a vivid picture of women choosing to help others at a deeply personal level. Surrogates, as the data underscores, are shining examples of empathy and altruism in action, embodying the very essence of human kindness. 

To learn more about the true motivation of surrogates please review our 2023 State of Surrogacy Survey.

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