Motherhood is a priceless experience, at least for most of the population. But now following news that Kim Kardashian West would be using a surrogate to carry her third child, people are volunteering to be Kardashian's surrogate on Twitter. To be honest, it's getting kind of weird.
For what it's worth, Kardashian has important medical reasons to use a surrogate for her third child. According to the website for People, Kardashian dealt with serious health risks in her last pregnancy, as she coped with placenta accreta. This is a terrifying condition for any mother. According to the American Pregnancy Association, placenta accreta occurs when the placenta attaches to the wall of the uterus instead of the uterine wall. Risks to the baby can include premature delivery, whereas risks to the mother can include fatal hemorrhaging, as further noted by the APA. Carrying a third child could have been life-threatening for Kardashian-West.
The gravity of Kardashian's decision, and her legitimate health concerns, are somewhat lost in the shuffle at the moment. As noted by Elite Daily, the cost of her surrogate starts at $68,850 and will include additional installment payments. These prices will not come as news to anyone who has struggled with fertility issues, which can be a heartbreaking and expensive process. But to some members of the Twitterverse, the idea of making money from carrying Kim's baby seems like a viable gig.
There are those who would want to put their surrogacy fee towards college.
There are those who thought they would have been the ideal candidate.
There were those who'd be willing, even though they're not her biggest fan.
And then there were some who treated it like The Hunger Games.
All joking aside, the majority of the of the tweets appear to be genuine well wishes for the West family, and that's very sweet.
But the tweets do reveal some real issues surrounding surrogacy, finances, and maternal health. What resources are available for the mothers who may need a surrogate, but don't have access to tremendous wealth? What does count as fair compensation for the women who choose to act as surrogates? Although it's fun to pipe up in hopes of getting on the Kardashian payroll, surrogacy is not an issue that can be summed up in 140 characters.