Baby M

(redirected from Melissa Stern)
A female infant born in mid-1980s in New Jersey by a surrogate mother contract; at the time of birth, the gestational/natural mother reneged on the contract, and the ensuing court battle became a cause célèbre on the issue of surrogate parenthood
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In the United States, the issue of surrogacy was widely publicised in the case of Baby M, in which the surrogate and biological mother of Melissa Stern ("Baby M"), born in 1986, refused to cede custody of Melissa to the couple with whom she had made the surrogacy agreement.