On Reproductive Work in Spain: Transnational Adoption, Egg Donation, Surrogacy

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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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)158-173
Number of pages16
JournalMedical Anthropology: Cross Cultural Studies in Health and Illness
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 17 Feb 2018


  • Spain
  • altruism
  • egg donation
  • reproductive work
  • surrogacy
  • transnational adoption


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