Third party conception is a growing phenomenon and provokes a burgeoning range of ethical, legal and social questions. What are the rights of donors, recipients and donor conceived children? How are these reproductive technologies regulated? How is kinship understood within these new family forms?

Written by specialists from three different continents, Transnationalising Reproduction examines a broad range of issues concerning kinship and identity, citizenship and regulation, and global markets of reproductive labour; including gamete donation and gestational surrogacy. Indeed, this book seeks to highlight how reproductive technologies not only makes possible new forms of kinship and family formations, but also how these give rise to new, ethical, political and legal dilemmas about parenthood as well as new modes of discrimination and a re-distribution of medical risks. It also thoroughly investigates the ways in which a commodification of reproductive tissue and labour affects the practices, representations and gendered self-understandings of gamete donors, fertility patients and intended parents in different parts of the world.

With a broad geographical scope, Transnationalising Reproduction offers new empirical and theoretical perspectives on third-party conception and demonstrates the need for more transnational approaches to third-party reproduction. This volume will appeal to postgraduate students and postdoctoral researchers interested in fields such as Gender Studies, Health Care Sciences, Reproductive Technology and Medical Sociology.

chapter |10 pages


ByJenny Gunnarsson Payne, Róisín Ryan-Flood

part I|60 pages

Kinship and identity

chapter 1|22 pages

Grammars of kinship

13Biological motherhood and assisted reproduction in the age of epigenetics 1
ByJenny Gunnarsson Payne

chapter 3|12 pages

The gendered gift of gametes

Sexuality, incest and procreation
ByCorinne Fortier

chapter 4|11 pages

What does one wear to a sperm bank?

Negotiations of sexuality in sperm donation 1
BySebastian Mohr

part II|67 pages

Reproducing markets

chapter 5|13 pages

Paid to donate 1

73Egg donors, sperm donors, and gendered experiences of bodily commodification
ByRene Almeling

chapter 6|22 pages

Reproductive labour or reproductive trafficking?

Indian women’s reproductive bodies in the globalised bioeconomy
ByJyotsna Agnihotri Gupta

chapter 7|15 pages

Reproducing heteronormativity

Gay parenthood and transnational surrogacy in Sweden
ByJohanna Gondouin

chapter 8|16 pages

Becoming your own doctor

Age-restrictions, risks and transnational egg- and embryo donation
ByJenny Gunnarsson Payne

part III|57 pages

Citizenship and regulation

chapter 9|13 pages

Ethical problems related to legal diversity

140Limiting access for non-resident patients in cross-border reproductive care
ByWannes Van Hoof, Guido Pennings

chapter 10|10 pages

Embryo donation for research

Citizenship and science
BySusana Silva, Catarina Samorinha, Helena Machado

chapter 11|12 pages

Lesbians and reproductive healthcare

ByRóisín Ryan-Flood

chapter 12|21 pages

From assisted to selective reproduction

Through the lens of the court
ByJudit Sándor