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mother

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MOTHER, domestic relations. A woman who has borne a child.
     2. It is generally the duty of a mother to support her child, when she is left a widow, until he becomes of age, or is able to maintain himself; 8 Watts, R. 366; and even after he becomes of age, if he be chargeable to the public, she may, perhaps, in all the states, be compelled, when she has sufficient means, to support him. But when the child has property sufficient for his support, she is not, even during his minority, obliged to maintain him. 1 Bro. C. C. 387; 2 Mass. R. 415; 4 Miss. R. 97.
     3. When the father dies without leaving a testamentary guardian, at common law, the mother is entitled to be the guardian of the person and estate of the infant, until he arrives at fourteen years, when he is able to choose a guardian. Litt. sect. 123; 3 Co. 38; Co. Litt. 84 b; 2 Atk. 14; Com Dig. B, D, E; 7 Ves. 348. See 10 Mass. 135, 140; 15 Mass. 272; 4 Binn. 487; 4 Stew. & Part. 123; 2 Mass. 415; Harper, R. 9; 1 Root, R. 487.
     4. In Pennsylvania, the orphans' court will, in such case, appoint a guardian until the infant shall attain his fourteenth year. During the joint lives of the parents, (q.v.) the father (q.v.) is alone responsible for the support of the children; and has the only control over them, except when in special cases the mother is allowed to have possession of them. 1 P. A. Browne's Rep. 143; 5 Binn. R. 520; 2 Serg. & Rawle 174. Vide 4 Binn. R. 492, 494.
     5. The mother of a bastard child, as natural guardian, has a right to the custody and control of such child, and is bound to maintain it. 2 Mass. 109; 12 Mass. 387, 433; 2 John. 375; 15 John. 208; 6 S. & R. 255; 1 Ashmead, 55.

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She is giving a birth to her own child--she is at the same time surrogate mother, genetic mother and biological (gestational) mother.
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In contrast the body size of a chick was related only to the body size of its genetic mother and not to ornamentation at all.
111) Moreover, the presumption that wet-nursing is good or even morally neutral is questionable because of the affective bonding that occurs between a child who suckles and the woman from whom he suckles, normally his own genetic mother.
Ms Campbell said the judgment in effect means the genetic mother will be legally recognised as the birth mother by the registrar.
41) Others believe that the genetic mother should be deemed the child's legal mother because the genetic contribution of her egg is most important to the relationship.
Scenario Two: Partners are Both Female--Surviving Partner is the Birth Mother and Decedent is the Genetic Mother
Pricier packages add services like splitting eggs from the same donor to fertilize with different sperm, so children of gay couples can share a genetic mother.
Mildred was my genetic mother and I was born in Grasmere Street Gateshead in 1943.
In the former, the male member of the commissioning couple impregnates--usually via artificial insemination--the surrogate mother, who is the genetic mother of the child.
She discusses issues such as children who are never told who their genetic mother or father is, families in which fetuses are "deleted" in order for the mother to be able to carry only twins or triplets.