Spain’s plummeting fertility since the late twentieth century may seem to reflect a waning desire for children. Nevertheless, reproductive disappointments resulting from gender inequalities cause many Spanish women to postpone motherhood and experience age-related fertility problems. For them, creating a family often becomes possible only through the reproductive labor of other women. Our analysis of transnational adoption, egg donation, and surrogacy in Spain shows how anonymity and altruism play out in these three strategies, with implications for the valuation of women’s reproductive work and relationships among reproductive providers, intermediaries, recipients, and the resulting children.
|Number of pages||16|
|Journal||Medical Anthropology: Cross Cultural Studies in Health and Illness|
|Publication status||Published - 17 Feb 2018|
- egg donation
- reproductive work
- transnational adoption