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Melanie

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Medical point of view: werewolf pregnancy, surrogate mother, magical alternatives

Mothers:
•   Female werewolves:
Moon Called, c.5, c.6; Blood Bound, c.3; Smoke Bitten, c.5; A&O, short story; Fair Game, c.6; Dead Heat, c.1:
Female werewolves can't carry babies to term.
The moon called and they changed to wolves.
The change is too violent to allow the fetus to survive.
•   Surrogate mothers:
Dead Heat, c.1:
Surrogates, who carry a werewolf baby, would have the same problems human mates of werewolves have.
•   Human mates:
Experience has shown that human wives of werewolves don't become werewolves through pregnancy:
Moon Called,c.6;Blood Bound,c.3;Iron Kissed,c.5; Smoke Bitten, c.5:
Human women can have children with werewolves.
But they have a high miscarriage rate, because the moon’s call ensured that all werewolves,
including the werewolf-fetus, had to change.
The only children who survive are wholly human.
Conclusions:
Surrogates, like human wives of werewolves, wouldn't become werewolves through pregnancy.
But like them, they would have a high miscarriage rate.
The only children who survive would be wholly human.

Likelihood of miscarriage:
Experience has shown that human wives of werewolves have a high miscarriage rate,
because only human fetuses survive the pregnancy:
MC,c.6; IK,c.5:
Samuel's wives miscarried 18 children between them.
Christy Hauptman had 3 miscarriages in about 5 years. 1 human child in about 15 years.
Conclusions:
The likelihood that a werewolf couple will have a human fetus is even less than that of a werewolf-human couple.
Therefore, the likelihood that their surrogate mother will miscarry is even higher than that of a werewolf-human couple.

Identifying werewolf-fetus:
•   DNA test:
Dead Heat, c.1:
Werewolf DNA is just like human DNA.
There is no way to use a blood test to see if an embryo is human, genetically, or werewolf.
•   Werewolves (Charles, Anna) can smell each other:
A&O, short story; Cry Wolf, c.3:
Charles could smell another werewolf, but the ventilation in the airport defeated his ability to pinpoint the scent.
The church sounded like a beehive. Anna could smell the wolves, but there were humans here, too.
•   Witches (Moira) can sense nonhumans:
Seeing Eye, short story:
Moira's other senses told her that he was something other.
•   Fae (Beauclaire, Doll Collector) can recognize werewolves in human form:
Fair Game, c.5; Dead Heat, c.7:
"You're both werewolves," said the fae. Anna nodded.
“Mackie’s mother wasn’t a werewolf. Witch but not werewolf. I could kill her, the rules say.”
Conclusions:
Dr. Samuel Cornick, aided by Moira and Ariana,
may be able to distinguish between werewolf-fetus and human-fetus prior to implantation,
thereby reducing the likelihood that a surrogate mother for a werewolf-couple will miscarry.

Magic and debts:
•   Shamanic magic (Blue Jay Woman) had hold off the change of mother and fetus:
Moon Called, c.5; Iron Kissed,c.5; A&O, short story; Dead Heat, c.1:
When Blue Jay Woman became pregnant,
she used magic to hold off the change every month until Charles's birth.
•   Witch magic (Elizaveta) had affected the change of a werewolf:
Storm Cursed, c.12:
Elizaveta had pulled Adam through a full change, wolf to man.
•   Fae magic (Beauclaire) had affected the change of a werewolf:
Fair Game, c.12:
Charles had never been able to change that quickly before.
He stank of fae magic.
Charles didn't know that there was a way for a fae to affect the change of a werewolf.
   Beauclaire's debts:
Night Broken, c.12; Fair Game, c.13:
Beauclaire: “My thanks for retrieving the walking stick from the sanctuary that you had found for it.
I owe you a favor of your choice.”
Beauclaire thanked Bran for Charles's help in the matter of Les Heuter.
Conclusions:
Beauclaire owned Charles and Anna a favor.
They rescued Beauclaire's child, Beauclaire might be inclined to save their child.
But his help is exclusive for Charles and Anna, and probably not save for other werewolves.
Moira, Beauclaire, or Moira and Beauclaire, might be able to hold off the change of werewolf-mother,
werewolf-mother and werewolf-fetus or, in the case of surrogate mother, the change of werewolf-fetus.
Children who are wholly human or wholly werewolf would survive.
But the problem remained for children, who aren't wholly human or wholly werewolf.

Children:
Iron Kissed,c.5;
Werewolves can mate with humans.
But they have a terribly high miscarriage rate and higher than usual infant mortality.
Conclusions:
Children, who aren't wholly human or wholly werewolf die as infants.
Werewolf children have to endure the painful change from their first month, but are long-lived.
Human children age and die, if they don't choose to become werewolves.
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