Surrogate Motherhood / Edition 1

Surrogate Motherhood / Edition 1

by Helena Ragone, Helena Ragsurp
     
 

ISBN-10: 081331979X

ISBN-13: 9780813319797

Pub. Date: 04/01/1994

Publisher: Westview Press

Ever since the Baby M case, the public has been fascinated with the continuing phenomenon of surrogate motherhood. The Baby M case raised, and left unanswered, many questions about what constitutes motherhood, fatherhood, family, reproduction, and kinship. What do the surrogates, commissioning couples, program directors, and attending professionals think and feel

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Overview

Ever since the Baby M case, the public has been fascinated with the continuing phenomenon of surrogate motherhood. The Baby M case raised, and left unanswered, many questions about what constitutes motherhood, fatherhood, family, reproduction, and kinship. What do the surrogates, commissioning couples, program directors, and attending professionals think and feel about surrogacy? How and when are the children told of their birth origins? How do surrogate mother programs select a surrogate? What psychological tests are administered? Surrogate Motherhood: Conception in the Heart examines the phenomenon of surrogate motherhood in depth, through the unique perspective of a cultural anthropologist, providing us with answers to these and other questions in a richly textured ethnography. Included in the book are actual surrogate and couple evaluation forms completed by clinical psychologists, confidential surrogate mother information sheets, and the legal contract used by one of the programs.To date, thousands of surrogate-assisted births have taken place, but never before have the experiences of the participants and program staff been explored in such detail. Participants who have never before spoken publicly about their involvement in surrogacy here speak out, and their statements are startling and intriguing. Surrogate mothers and commissioning couples who have suffered the pain of infertility open up their hearts to illuminate the compelling world of surrogacy in which many of our assumptions about nurturance, family, and kinship are reconfigured. The following quotes from surrogates, a father, and an adoptive mother speak to the richness of this text.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780813319797
Publisher:
Westview Press
Publication date:
04/01/1994
Series:
Institutional Structures of Feeling Series
Edition description:
REV
Pages:
232
Product dimensions:
0.53(w) x 6.00(h) x 9.00(d)
Lexile:
1550L (what's this?)

Table of Contents

List of Tables and Figures
Acknowledgments
Introduction1
1Surrogate Mother Programs13
2Surrogate Mothers51
3Fathers and Adoptive Mothers87
4Surrogate Motherhood and American Kinship109
Appendix A: Couple's Biographical Sketch for Surrogate Mother139
Appendix B: Contract141
Appendix C: Phone Intake Form and Letter to Prospective Surrogate155
Appendix D: Detailed Application Form for Surrogate Mothers157
Appendix E: Biographical Sketches of Potential Surrogates165
Appendix F: Surrogate Mother's Biographical Sketch for Couple167
Appendix G: Genetic Screening Information Sheet and Questionnaire169
Appendix H: Phone Intake Form for Prospective Parents175
Appendix I: Prospective Parents Questionnaire177
Appendix J: Egg Donor Program181
Appendix K: Handling of Semen Specimen and Insemination Instructions187
Notes193
References199
About the book and author207
Index209

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