the Surrogate's Mission

Elly Teman

in Birthing a Mother

Published by University of California Press

Published in print March 2010 | ISBN: 9780520259638
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520945852 | DOI:
the Surrogate's Mission

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This chapter explores the surrogate's reframing of the challenges of surrogacy as an endurance test. The institutional management of surrogacy until the contract is approved by the state may be likened to a test; prospective surrogates undergo comprehensive institutional screening that is consistent across all cases. The surrogacy law specifies strict criteria governing who can become a surrogate; candidates must provide medical records showing they comply with a long checklist of selection criteria in terms of their physical, mental, and emotional health. They must pass a general medical exam and a gynecological exam, including a pelvic ultrasound, and undergo a battery of blood tests. In addition to being physically healthy and fertile, prospective surrogates must undergo comprehensive psychological screening, which lasts up to six hours.

Keywords: surrogacy; surrogates; endurance test; ultrasound; psychological screening

Chapter.  9960 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Medical Anthropology

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