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A follow-up study of the experiences and psychological health of surrogate mothers and their families

Document type: Projects: In progress/completed
Document language: English
Uploaded By: Allan Colver (allancolver)
Date Uploaded: 2012/01/11 12:59:47.017 GMT+1
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Authors: Dr Vasanti Jadva
Published on Date: 2011
Funding source project: The Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC)

Surrogacy, the practice whereby one woman bears a child for another woman, remains a controversial method of assisted reproduction. In 2003 the PI published findings from a study of surrogate mothers who were interviewed one year following the birth of their surrogacy child. Whilst the study found that surrogacy can result in positive experiences for women, no studies have addressed its longer-term consequences.

The proposed study will follow-up this original sample almost a decade later and will examine the relationship between the surrogate and the commissioning parents and surrogate child, the attitudes and feelings of members of the surrogate's family, and the motivations of women who engage in repeated surrogacy arrangements.

Surrogates, their partners and their children will be interviewed and asked to complete questionnaires examining psychological state and family functioning. Similarities and differences will be examined between genetic (where the surrogate is the genetic mother of the child) and gestational (where the commissioning couple are the genetic parents of the child) surrogates and between surrogates who were previously known and unknown to the commissioning couple.

The findings will be of relevance to families, clinicians and other professionals involved in surrogacy and will inform policy and legislation nationally and internationally.

Riche Classification

Demography: All , 10-14 years ,
Population Groups: Children conceived by gamete donation assisted reproduction techniques , Children from surrogate parents ,
Child Related Topics: Family type ,
Health issues, determinants and measures: Reproductive Health and Childbirth ,
Languages and Geographical Perspective: English ,
Study type / scale / state of progress / setting: Structured interviewing , Ongoing ,