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By Heather Jacobson

While the perform of surrogacy has existed for millennia, new fertility applied sciences have allowed girls to behave as gestational surrogates, sporting young ones that aren't genetically their very own. whereas a few ladies volunteer to behave as gestational surrogates for neighbors or family, others receives a commission for appearing this carrier. the 1st ethnographic examine of gestational surrogacy within the usa, Labor of Love examines the conflicted attitudes that emerge while the ostensibly valuable act of bringing a toddler into the realm turns into a paid career.  
Heather Jacobson interviews not just surrogate moms, but in addition their kin, the meant mom and dad who hire surrogates, and a few of the pros who paintings to facilitate the method. looking to know how gestational surrogates understand their vocation, she discovers that many regard surrogacy as a calling, yet are reluctant to explain it as a role. within the method, Jacobson dissects the complicated set of social attitudes underlying this resistance towards conceiving of being pregnant as a kind of employment. 
Through her broad box examine, Jacobson provides readers a firsthand examine the various demanding situations confronted through gestational surrogates, who take care of advanced scientific tactics, soft work-family balances, and tough social dynamics. but Labor of Love additionally demonstrates the level to which advances in reproductive know-how are affecting all american citizens, altering how we predict approximately maternity, relatives, and the exertions eager about giving birth. 

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