Nishmat's Women’s Health and HalachaIn memory of Chaya Mirel bat R' Avraham

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Becoming a surrogate

7 February, 2005


I want to surogate for somebody; my best friend cannot have children and I would love to have a baby for her.  I want to know if this is halachadig or not.


What you are considering is potentially a great mitzvah, and yet the halachot of surrogacy are complex. One problematic issue is determining who is the mother of the child – the one who carries him or the genetic mother. For an overview of some of the issues, please see our article on the topic. There are also psychological and physical considerations, which are outside the parameters set for this website.  We urge you to explore them as well.

We do not feel it is appropriate to give an opinion through a  website on such a complex halachic issue which requires knowing the specific details of the individual situation.  You should speak to a rabbi in person and receive an individual psak.

If you do not have a rabbi, we suggest you turn to Machon Puah in Jerusalem. They are an organization that deals with issues of fertility and halacha, and they could advise you more adequately on this issue.

This internet service does not preclude, override or replace the psak of any rabbinical authority. It is the responsibility of the questioner to inform us of any previous consultation or ruling. As even slight variation in circumstances may have Halachic consequences, views expressed concerning one case may not be applied to other, seemingly similar cases. All health and health-related information contained within Nishmat's Women's Health & Halacha Web site is intended to be general in nature and should not be used as a substitute for consulting with your health care professional. The advice is intended to offer a basis for individuals to discuss their medical condition with their health care provider but not individual advice. Although every effort is made to ensure that the material within Nishmat's Women's Health & Halacha Web site is accurate and timely, it is provided for the convenience of the Web site user but should not be considered official. Advice for actual medical practice should be obtained from a licensed health care professional.

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