Motherhood in Spain: From the “Baby Boom” to “Structural Infertility”

Bruna Alvarez*, Diana Marre

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We analyze the mechanisms of reproductive governance that influence reproduction in Spain through 66 semi-structured interviews with heterosexual parents. We examine reproductive governance through moral regimes surrounding four arenas: the labor market, gender relations at home, institutional feminist discourses, and the narrative of choice. We show that mothers are considered to be socially responsible for children, a fact that is key to understanding how Spain went from a “baby boom” between the 1950 and 1970s to “structural infertility” since the 1990s.

Translated title of the contributionMaternidad en España: del "Baby Boom" a la "infertilidad estructural"
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)718-731
Number of pages14
JournalMedical Anthropology
Issue number6-7
Publication statusPublished - 3 Oct 2022


  • feminism
  • motherhood
  • reproductive governance
  • Spain
  • structural infertility
  • work-family balance


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