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Birthing a MotherThe Surrogate Body and the Pregnant Self$
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Elly Teman

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780520259638

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520259638.001.0001

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Operationalizing the Body Map

Operationalizing the Body Map

(p.75) Chapter 3 Operationalizing the Body Map
Birthing a Mother

Elly Teman

University of California Press

This chapter explores how the body map aids surrogates in their attempts to distance themselves from the fetus and protect themselves from being “suffocated” by the contracting couple. The operationalization of this “mapping” serves as a crucial tool in helping the surrogate manage within the limiting structure of the surrogacy contract. The body map enables surrogates not only to endure what could otherwise be an extremely subjugating experience but also to manifest personal agency in constrained circumstances.

Keywords:   surrogates, surrogacy, fetus, distancing, mapping, personal agency

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