Babies: Motherhood Minus Mom

Motherhood Minus Mom

That a healthy test-tube baby was born in an Ann Arbor, Mich., hospital last week is nothing so extraordinary; some 2,000 children conceived outside the womb have been born since 1978. But this particular little girl was born to a woman who is not her mother. Last summer a woman who could not carry a child had an egg fertilized by her husband's sperm in a laboratory. The embryo was then transferred to the womb of another woman.

The surrogate mother, Shannon Boff, 23, of Redford Township, Mich., is an old pro at the stand-in trade: she had a baby last...

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