surrogate mothersurrogate mother
- A woman who agrees, often for pay, to give birth to a child resulting from artificial insemination or the implantation of an already fertilized egg and who surrenders any parental rights to a third party.
- One that acts as, serves as, or is a mother substitute.
- surrogate motherhood
(plural surrogate mothers)
- A woman who gives birth to a child not her own, with the intent to give that child up to at least one of the biological parents once it is born.
surrogate mother - Legal Definition
A woman who bears a child for a couple that is unable to have children. Upon the child’s birth, the surrogate mother gives up all rights and responsibilities to the child. Surrogate parenting contracts were in earlier times held to be illegal under laws that forbade selling of babies; still strictly regulated.