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Award-winning writer and lecturer Barbara Sofer grew up in a small town in Connecticut, and moved to Israel in 1971. She is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. Her articles -taking on a wide range of subjects from ethnic cooking to terrorism--have appeared in The New York Times, The Boston Globe, Parents, Readers' Digest, Woman's Day, Hadassah Magazine and Inside Magazine among many others. She writes a bi-weekly column for the Friday Jerusalem Post.

Barbara has written five books and contributed to several others


Jerusalem Post

The Human Spirit: Bearing a baby for another  

By Barbara Sofer

A neighbor, a woman in her 80s, was born to a surrogate. When her mother couldn’t get pregnant, a young woman was brought into their otherwise straight-laced household in the Old City of Jerusalem; she left after she gave birth.

“That’s the way it was done back then,” my neighbor told me.

Have you ever had a surrogate fantasy? I can remember thinking of my own. My now-adult children were toddlers, and a dear friend was running the gauntlet of fertility treatment with no success. How easy would it be to have a baby for her? Not easy, of course.

For Y, a young woman I met recently, doing this for another couple went beyond a good-hearted fantasy.

I met her recently in Hadassah University Medical Center’s Sarah Wetsman Davidson Hospital Tower’s gynecology department. She’d just given birth, but Y wasn’t in the maternity department where mothers recover after birth. Another woman was there: The woman who will be the baby’s mother.

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