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Study Finds Gestational Surrogacy Often Misunderstood, Unevenly Judged

March 31, 2016

(Medical Xpress) – A University of Texas at Arlington researcher has found that although the majority of today’s surrogates are compensated for their services, many of the women are reluctant to think of themselves as workers and outsiders often misunderstand their vocation. Heather Jacobson, associate professor of sociology, offers the first book-length ethnographic examination of gestational surrogacy in the U.S. in “Labor of Love: Gestational Surrogacy and the Work of Making Babies (Rutgers University Press).” Jacobson explores the complexities of surrogacy and conflicted attitudes that emerge when the act of bringing a child into the world becomes a paid occupation.

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