Goals: Illuminate patterns of reactions, interactions, and relationships between the surrogate and her partner, the child, her own children, the intended parents, extended family, friends, and her community relationships.
Methods: Utilize grounded theory, a qualitative method to systematically collect data to discover a pattern of reactions, interactions, and relationships among people. Grounded theory enables the exploration of human actions and interactions where very little information is available. Purposeful sampling and personal interviews and constant comparison will be used. The Relational Model will be used to outline the relationship the surrogate has with the couple, the newborn baby after birth, the surrogate's partner, her extended family and friends, and community relationships. Purposeful sampling will be used to select participants that have credibility and can best answer the research question. Participants will be recruited through fliers sent to fertility clinics throughout California. The privacy of participants will be protected. This study will only gather data, and does not plan any interventions.
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