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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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Intended Mothers and Maternal Intentions

Intended Mothers and Maternal Intentions

(p.110) Chapter 4 Intended Mothers and Maternal Intentions
Birthing a Mother

Elly Teman

University of California Press

This chapter looks at the experiences of intended mothers during the surrogacy process, with a particular focus on their “parental claiming practices.” This concept refers to the strategies used by those preparing themselves to adopt as they wait for that fateful phone call notifying them that they have become parents. Unlike adoptive mothers, intended mothers through surrogacy have access to the time frame of conventional pregnancy and know their child's history from the moment of conception. The chapter examines two claiming practices that intended mothers in this study employed while awaiting the birth of their child. The first, kin claiming, focuses on rendering the expected child their own kin. The second practice, maternal claiming, involves techniques aimed at claiming entitlement to the social label of mother of the expected baby.

Keywords:   surrogacy, mothers, parental claiming, kin claiming, maternal claiming

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