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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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the Surrogate's Mission

the Surrogate's Mission

(p.238) Chapter 8 the Surrogate's Mission
Birthing a Mother

Elly Teman

University of California Press

This chapter explores the surrogate's reframing of the challenges of surrogacy as an endurance test. The institutional management of surrogacy until the contract is approved by the state may be likened to a test; prospective surrogates undergo comprehensive institutional screening that is consistent across all cases. The surrogacy law specifies strict criteria governing who can become a surrogate; candidates must provide medical records showing they comply with a long checklist of selection criteria in terms of their physical, mental, and emotional health. They must pass a general medical exam and a gynecological exam, including a pelvic ultrasound, and undergo a battery of blood tests. In addition to being physically healthy and fertile, prospective surrogates must undergo comprehensive psychological screening, which lasts up to six hours.

Keywords:   surrogacy, surrogates, endurance test, ultrasound, psychological screening

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