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By Elly Teman

Birthing a mom is the 1st ethnography to probe the intimate adventure of gestational surrogate motherhood. during this fantastically written and insightful booklet, Elly Teman exhibits how surrogates and meant moms rigorously negotiate their cooperative pastime. Drawing on anthropological fieldwork between Jewish Israeli girls, interspersed with cross-cultural views of surrogacy within the international context, Teman lines the approaches during which surrogates relinquish any maternal declare to the newborn while meant moms accomplish a classy transition to motherhood. Teman’s groundbreaking research unearths that as surrogates psychologically and emotionally disengage from the fetus they bring about, they strengthen a profound and lasting bond with the meant mom.

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Contracts also verify whether the surrogate is willing to undergo prenatal testing, such as amniocentesis, and her willingness to undergo selective reduction or termination if abnormalities in the fetus are detected. The contract includes the schedule of payments, which are usually made in regular installments only after pregnancy is achieved, with the major monetary sum paid after the birth. The contract also states the number of embryo transfers that the surrogate and couple agree to try; in Israel, this is usually six attempts.

Part 4, “Redefining,” looks at the way surrogates formulate their surrogacy journey as a quest or odyssey that leads them to acquire self-definition and self-knowledge. I discuss this heroic framing of the surrogate role against the backdrop of the many constraints and potentially disempowering elements that are part of the structure of the surrogacy process as a whole, particularly in Israel. I propose several explanations for the apparent paradox between the restrictive circumstances of the surrogacy process and the women’s experience of empowerment.

I don’t even call it a womb for rent.  . An oven that bakes the bread for hungry people.  . Like if my friend needed a loan, I would save from my own food, and I would give her a loan. Would they then say that I am being used? What idiocy that is. 31 32 Part One: Dividing Why did Neta call herself an oven? The explicit self-objectification of the body that the metaphor expressed was alarming to me, especially when many radical feminist opponents of surrogacy employ similar metaphors to argue that reproductive technologies exploit women.

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