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Hard choices on surrogacy in Singapore

In some Western societies, surrogacy arrangements are accepted. But Singapore has to find its own balance between allowing parents this option while preventing abuse of this practice, which can be exploitative of poor women.

When reality star Kim Kardashian gave birth to her first child North six years ago, she had to deal with placenta accreta, a condition that can cause complications during pregnancy in which all or part of the placenta attaches to the womb.

"My doctor had to stick his entire arm in me and detach the placenta with his hand, scraping it away from my uterus with his fingernails. How disgusting and painful," she said on her blog, calling her daughter North's birth "the most painful experience of my life".

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on January 17, 2019, with the headline 'Hard choices on surrogacy in Singapore'. Subscribe