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Gauging the interests of birth mother and child: a qualitative study of Swedish social workers’ experiences of transnational gestational surrogacy
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Women's and Children's Health, International Maternal and Child Health (IMCH). (Internationell kvinno- & mödrahälsovård och migration/Essén)
Department of Social Work, Malmö University, Malmö, Sweden.
Department of Clinical Sciences, Division of Social Medicine and Global Health, Lund University, Lund, Sweden.
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Women's and Children's Health, International Maternal and Child Health (IMCH). (Internationell kvinno- & mödrahälsovård och migration/Essén)
2016 (English)In: European Journal of Social Work, ISSN 1369-1457, E-ISSN 1468-2664Article in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
Abstract [en]

There are few studies on how social workers deal with cases regardingtransnational surrogacy. Our study intends to contribute to filling thisgap. In Sweden, surrogacy as an assisted reproductive technologymethod is not permitted. As a result, many prospective parents haveturned abroad, mainly to India, for surrogacy. There are no lawsregulating surrogacy in Sweden, and difficulties have arisen inestablishing legal parenthood when the parents return with the child.This qualitative interview study with social workers found that legaluncertainty and ethical issues surrounded their handling. With noguidelines, the constructions of parenthood will continue to depend onindividual social workers’conflicting views on how to best meet thesurrogate mother’s interest and the best interest of the child. Regulationis thus needed to better protect those involved and minimize thecontingent aspects of legal handling by individual officials.

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2016.
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Legal parenthood, Sweden, social workers, transnational commercial surrogacy, construction
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Health Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-307959DOI: 10.1080/13691457.2016.1256869OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-307959DiVA: diva2:1049054
Available from: 2016-11-23 Created: 2016-11-23 Last updated: 2017-06-12Bibliographically approved

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