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Surrogate losses: Understandings of pregnancy loss and assisted reproduction among surrogate mothers.
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PMID:  20550095     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
I explore surrogate mothers' narrative construction of pregnancy loss on surrogacy support websites. Communicating via the Internet, women construct the public online world of surrogacy. Drawing on anthropological and sociological literature I investigate the connections between conceptualizations of loss and understandings of technological practices and the consequences of these understandings for assisted reproduction. Surrogate mothers define loss broadly, ranging from failure to conceive to miscarriage and stillbirth; loss means the failure to give a baby to the intended parents. Assisted reproductive technologies contribute to loss by raising expectations of success, by attempting to maximize results through the transfer of multiple fertilized ova, and by early monitoring and testing. However, surrogates collectively understand technology as a positive force and advocate for reproductive technology. Surrogates' resolve to "give the gift of life" makes them vulnerable to failure and loss, yet also informs repeated efforts to bear children for others with technological assistance.
Zsuzsa Berend
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Medical anthropology quarterly     Volume:  24     ISSN:  0745-5194     ISO Abbreviation:  Med Anthropol Q     Publication Date:  2010 Jun 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2010-06-16     Completed Date:  2010-07-08     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8405037     Medline TA:  Med Anthropol Q     Country:  United States    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  240-62     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Sociology, University of California, Los Angeles, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Abortion, Spontaneous / psychology*
Pregnancy Outcome / psychology
Pregnancy Rate
Reproductive Techniques, Assisted / psychology*
Social Support
Surrogate Mothers*

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