Commodification of the Reproductive Donor: Part 2 (The Matching Process)

Matching babies

I ended the previous article in my Commodification of the Reproductive Donor series discussing the “donor profile” and the donor catalog.  In this second part of the series I show how egg donors are commodified through the matching process with prospective parents; specifically, how these processes advertise and treat reproductive donors as objects or products. … Continue reading

Rawr! The fierce hustle to have dragon babies

Source: Flickr, Kenny Louie

How much of a role do the market and the business side of fertility clinics play in the demand for babies?  And how does this market role affect egg donors and surrogate mothers?  Just this year, the fertility industry saw an upsurge in demand that it had never seen before, owing to the phenomenon of … Continue reading

News Roundup #3: Reproductive tourism, beating heart transplants, lower leukemia survival rates for minorities

Surrogacy and reproductive tourism Check out this fascinating and extraordinarily well-researched article on Slate about reproductive tourism by Douglas Pet from the Center for Genetics and Society.  This piece was a year in the making, and the investigative work done is impressive. Highly recommended for anyone who is also interested in commodification of the body, … Continue reading

Uterus Transplants: A New Field of Fertility Techonologies

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In Turkey, on August 9, 2011 a woman named Derya Sert, became the first recipient of a successful uterus transplant.  Though two previous attempts have been made, both organs were rejected.  Yet Derya Sert, after only two and a half months, is menstruating with her new uterus, and is looking forward to having a baby … Continue reading

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