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Birthing a Mother: The Surrogate Body and the Pregnant Self

Elly Teman


This ethnography probes the intimate experience of gestational surrogate motherhood. The book shows how surrogates and intended mothers carefully negotiate their cooperative endeavor. Drawing on anthropological fieldwork among Jewish Israeli women, interspersed with cross-cultural perspectives of surrogacy in the global context, the book traces the processes by which surrogates relinquish any maternal claim to the baby even as intended mothers accomplish a complicated transition to motherhood. The book's analysis reveals that as surrogates psychologically and emotionally disengage from the fet ... More

Keywords: gestational surrogate motherhood, surrogates, mothers, Jewish Israeli women, surrogacy, baby, fetus, bond, ethnography, anthropological fieldwork

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780520259638
Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520259638.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Elly Teman, author