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1A person or animal which takes on all or part of the role of mother to another person or animal.
- ‘While baby kangaroos are very, very cute, being a surrogate mother isn't as easy as patting the joey every so often and giving it a drink when you remember.’
- ‘A litter of orphaned kittens has been brought back from the brink of death by a caring surrogate mother - a hunting dog weighing 30 kilos.’
- ‘Buttons the beagle quickly adopted Monty and became his surrogate mother - a role she also played for Rommel.’
- ‘I'm her surrogate mother when her own one's not here and my daughters come here as well now.’
- ‘Playing the role of surrogate mother, Kwan looks after her half sister, Olivia, and at the same time learns to speak English from her.’
- ‘It had to look for something to be a surrogate mother.’
- ‘The babies are pulled from their mothers as early as three days old and given an inanimate object, such as a stuffed animal or blanket as a surrogate mother.’
- ‘As a kid, my mom had to juggle her studies and her role as a surrogate mother to her sisters and brothers, because her mother, my grandmother, was quite mad.’
- ‘She had always seen her aunt as a surrogate mother after her mother had passed away.’
- ‘It also seems likely that many cult followers have found a surrogate family and a surrogate mother or father or both in the cult leader.’
- ‘To ensure the survival of the cub, the staff then decided to provide a female dog with pups as a surrogate mother.’
2A woman who bears a child on behalf of another woman, either from her own egg fertilized by the other woman's partner, or from the implantation in her uterus of a fertilized egg from the other woman.
- ‘Genetic material was transferred from the adult cell to the egg, which grew into an embryo and was implanted in a surrogate mother.’
- ‘This means the surrogate mother can be regarded as having received donated gametes to conceive.’
- ‘Most are born through traditional surrogacy - the surrogate mother conceives using her own egg after being artificially inseminated with the sperm of the intended father.’
- ‘The identity of the surrogate mother, the woman who had carried the baby to term for the couple, was not disclosed in deference to her wish.’
- ‘The fertilised ovum was then implanted in the womb of the surrogate mother.’
- ‘The scientists said they had shown it was possible to produce a full-term pregnancy in which the surrogate mother was also the nuclear donor.’
- ‘The baby was born through a surrogate mother and is eight weeks old.’
- ‘He's left idly speculating that his resemblance to his adoptive father isn't evidence that he was the product of his adoptive father with a surrogate mother.’
- ‘Five more embryos were implanted into a single surrogate mother.’
- ‘The child born through surrogacy should have the right to know the identity of the surrogate mother.’
- ‘The reconstituted embryos are extremely fragile, and transferring them to the uterus of the surrogate mother who is to carry them to term is a matter of great difficulty.’
- ‘I once offered to be a surrogate mother for my sister’
- ‘Sadly, that pregnancy failed, but the surrogate mother became pregnant a second time and cameras follow the event.’
- ‘If cancer has left you unable to become pregnant, a surrogate mother may be able to carry the baby.’
- ‘The surrogate mother must therefore register the baby to whom she has given birth in the normal way.’
- ‘A surrogate mother in Phoenix, Arizona has given birth to quintuplets by caesarean section.’
- ‘His next production will be the twins he and his partner are expecting this fall, via a surrogate mother.’
- ‘And, from the point of view of the commissioning mother, it is not known how the involvement of the surrogate mother will affect her security in her mothering role.’
- ‘The cell is then treated in an activation medium that allows it to develop into an embryo to be implanted in a surrogate mother's womb.’
- ‘Many cannot afford to pay their surrogate mother's expenses, let alone the cost of in vitro fertilisation or artificial insemination procedures in a clinic.’
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