Labor of Love
Gestational Surrogacy and the Work of Making Babies (Families in Focus)
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Praise For Labor of Love: Gestational Surrogacy and the Work of Making Babies (Families in Focus)…
— Gender & Society
"Jacobson argues that Americans should be more accepting of gestational surrogacy and freely acknowledge its financial side. She skillfully outlines the many ways in which the members of the US surrogacy community she interviewed deliberately obscure the financial aspects of surrogacy arrangements. Reproductive endocrinologists, lawyers, surrogacy agency personnel, intended parents, and “surro-moms” and their families almost all push a narrative of altruism and the joys of pregnancy as the primary motivations of women who bear babies for genetically unrelated parents. In fact, Jacobson argues, surrogacy is made “culturally palatable” in the US precisely because of the unwritten “money rules” that require the use of intermediaries to create distance between surro-moms and the sordidly financial... Recommended."
"Labor of Love beautifully illuminates the work of surrogacy, exploring a world in which women have children for other women. Jacobson skillfully interweaves stories of actual participants with commentary and analysis, providing original insights into the complexities of reproduction."
— Naomi Cahn
"Labor of Love is an engaging and well-researched study of contemporary surrogacy in the U.S. Jacobson thoughtfully exposes the contradictions surrogates navigate as they downplay the commercial aspects of the transactions and obscure the labor involved in being a surrogate."
— Susan Markens
"Jacobson’s rich qualitative data about the surrogacy market’s inner workings make Labor of Love an informative and engaging read."
— Alicia Vande Vusse
Rutgers University Press, 9780813569505, 218pp.
Publication Date: March 15, 2016