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There are different types of families. It can be mainly consisted of 2 parents and one or more children. In traditional ways, families are built thru marriage or partnerships between a man and a woman where they bear children together.
Today, families have evolved to be built on relationships that are rooted deeper than just matrimony. This means that different types of families are built in different ways. Over the years with the legalization of gay marriage, adoption and surrogacy, more and more people are able to build families even in different circumstances that are outside the traditional methods of building a family.
So how do couples build a family together? Where do babies come from and what are the different forms of child bearing methods that enable couples to build their dreams of a family?
To date, there are almost 4 million babies born in the United States each year. These births are from pregnancies that result from traditional pregnancy or thru assisted reproductive technology (ART). Below are the different ways of starting or growing families.
Traditional pregnancy is part of life’s natural experiences. A woman bears a child thru natural insemination or intercourse with her partner where the sperm successfully attaches to the egg sparking the start of conception.
In traditional pregnancy, the mother and the father is genetically linked to the child. There is no reproductive assistance used and thus happens naturally.
Surrogacy has been one of the options that aids infertility even during biblical times and has risen in demand with the legalization of same sex marriage. During the olden times, traditional surrogacy was practiced where a woman carries a child for a couple using her eggs thru natural insemination.
With technological developments in reproductive health, gestational surrogacy became more available to couples looking to have one or both their genes linked to the child while being carried by a surrogate mother. In gestational surrogacy, the surrogate mother is not genetically linked to the child.
There are different laws in each state for surrogacy. There are states that have legalized it, some are open to it but do not have laws specific to surrogacy while others prohibit it. A couple usually goes through a surrogacy agency to find a surrogate mother. Once they find a match, the surrogate undergoes several tests and when cleared moves on for the IVF (In vitro fertilization) process.
In the United States, it is estimated that there is an average of 9 children born every year in each state through a surrogacy agreement. Agreements are drafted by lawyers specializing in reproductive health where state laws are considered when completing the process. Where surrogacy is legal or supported, intended parents can bring the child home after birth and have their names on the birth certificate without going thru adoption.
Before surrogacy became popular, adoption was the best alternative to building families. In the US, 0.9% of women between the ages of 18 to 44 have adopted a child, 1.4% in men and 1.6% seeks adoption.
Among infants born to unwed mothers, 1% were given up for adoption during their first month of life. Most of these births are from teenage or unwanted pregnancies.
Families adopt thru licensed agencies either from foster care or surrogacy, a relative, step child or from international sources. Adoption agencies also provide assistance in placing a child with a family. Often there is a 1 year waiting period from the time of the application.
Private adoption agencies often focus on infant adoptions, while public adoption agencies typically help find homes for waiting children from foster care. A caseworker is assigned to an applicant where they would work together to find a suitable match for the intended family.
Families have evolved today with a structure that does not necessarily consist of a father, mother, and their genetic children. Sometimes, it can be a mix of different types like 2 mothers, 2 fathers, adopted children, interracial families or surrogate children.
There is no one size fits all type, as people thrive in different cultures, situations and, life goals. As long as families are filled with love and respect, it doesn’t matter how they are formed. What matters is that they are happy and fulfilled to have built a foundation of our future generation.
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Travelling is an excellent way for you to expand your worldview and to actually learn quire a lot. If you have time and resources make sure you travel everywhere you can and you will see how quickly you will learn numerous things you did not know before. In addition to that, not only rich people can afford to travel! Join a volunteer organization and you too will be able to travel the world with only a few bucks in your pocket!
Even if you do not travel as much, perhaps you could use your spare time and frequent museums or galleries. You will learn and experience a lot of things this way, and you will not even have to spend a lot of time or money. You just have to have some determination and willingness to spend an afternoon in a museum – that’s it!
If you really want to expand your worldview, you should try to meet people from all walks of life. Make sure that you meet interesting people and listen to their stories – you will learn a lot, just by listening.
If you do not have any opportunities to meet people from other countries, remember you can use the Internet and meet various people from all corners of the world.
In addition to that, if you want to educate yourself, make sure you watch a documentary or two. It will help you to understand notions you do not understand, and learn more a specific phenomenon.
Having a hobby is a great way to learn a lot about life and world in general. Some people mistakenly believe that hobbies are just a way to kill time, while the truth is hobbies will make you learn more about all other things as well.
In addition to that, having a variety of interests will help you learn more about the world and expand your knowledge. Therefore, it is really useful to have various and different interests if you want to learn more about the world in general.
Make a resolution to experience something new each day and you will soon accumulate enough interesting life experiences for a lifetime. In addition to that, you will also learn a ton of things if you just stick to this simple rule!