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Men Having Babies Research Article Library

MHB is collaborating with researchers worldwide to encourage and support research to contribute to our understanding of surrogacy and gay parenting. In addition, the effective dissemination of research findings is of vital importance. Below you will find a library of exiting academic studies and reviews. They have been assembled for the most part by the International Surrogacy Research Group led by Dr. Nicola Carone of the University of Pavia, Italy. Also assisting in the effort are Dr. Henny Bos (University of Amsterdam), Dr. Ellen Lorenceau (University Paris Diderot, CRPMS), Dr. Luis Moya-Albiol (Universitat de València), Dr. Loes van Rijn - van Gelderen (University of Amsterdam), and Dr. Mary Riddle (The Pennsylvania State University).

Please feel free to send us suggestions for additional studies to include in the library.

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Affective De-Commodifying, Economic De-Kinning: Surrogates’ and Gay Fathers’ Narratives in U.S. Surrogacy

In this paper I discuss affective and economic exchanges in commercial surrogacy in the US. My findings suggest that emotions and affects, present in the dominant narrative of gift-giving and relatedness between surrogates and gay fathers, facilitate commodification. According to my data, the exchange between surrogates and intended fathers in the US is founded on the women's lower socio-economic status. Throughout this paper I aim to show that affective and economic exchanges I observed in US surrogacy mutually reinforce each other.

Categories: OUTCOMES FOR ALL PARTIES INVOLVED INTERACTIONS BETWEEN SURROGATES GAY FATHERS AND CHILDREN
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The Pregnancy Experience of Gay Couples Expecting a Child Through Overseas Surrogacy

This study aims to analyze the emotional experience of pregnancy for gay couples who turn to overseas surrogacy and face a geographical distance from the pregnancy. A qualitative thematic analysis of the interviews shows that the interviewees felt frustration and anxiety due to their distance from the physical pregnancy and, specifically, their inability to experience the physical presence of the fetus. The resulting emotional disconnect from the developing fetus impacted the development of their parental sense during the pregnancy. The results highlight the importance for the intended parents of establishing a close relationship with the surrogate mother, as is customary in the United States but generally not in countries such as India.

Categories: OUTCOMES FOR ALL PARTIES INVOLVED INTERACTIONS BETWEEN SURROGATES GAY FATHERS AND CHILDREN
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