The name of the baby’s biological father may be important, but when baby names are used by a surrogate parent, it can have a dramatic effect on the child’s well-being.
A baby’s parents might choose the name that most closely reflects their own identity.
For example, a person’s mother might choose “Mam,” which is her mother’s first name.
However, a baby named “Nanny” would likely be more likely to be used by his surrogate parent.
When it comes to naming a child, babies are given a number of names based on their biological gender, but their parents might change the name if it’s not appropriate or their gender does not match their biological sex.
If the child doesn’t meet the gender requirements, they may be given a gender-neutral name.
For a baby who doesn’t fit into either gender category, their parents could choose a non-binary name such as “Amber” or “Pamela.”
For babies who do meet the requirements, the gender is then determined based on the gender they were assigned at birth, not their gender identity.
If a baby’s gender identity is unknown or the gender listed on a birth certificate does not correspond with the gender on their birth certificate, their birth parents could change the baby name.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has released guidelines that outline what names a surrogate mother should use for a baby born to a surrogate.
The guidelines recommend using names that are culturally appropriate, consistent with the child and their age, and are “not overly formal or demanding of parents to use.”
If a surrogate is planning on changing a baby for a specific reason, the child should be told, according to the guidelines, that the change should be considered “voluntary and noninvasive.”
A surrogate mother would not be required to undergo a medical exam, or have the child examined by a doctor.
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