Hosted By: Eloise Drane

Ep. 43 | Body Autonomy For Surrogates and Egg Donors

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October 1, 2021

On this episode of Fertility Cafe, Eloise dives into the topic of bodily autonomy in surrogacy and egg donation arrangements. Much of the opposition to surrogacy as a practice stems from a misunderstanding of what it means to be a surrogate today in America. Modern gestational surrogacy involves a mutually agreed-upon relationship with clear boundaries and complete respect and autonomy given to the surrogate mother. Eloise explores the nuances of bodily autonomy and offers her wisdom on how to navigate a potentially complicated but ultimately rewarding experience.

This episode covers a variety of topics including:

  • Why the characterization of surrogate as offering up “wombs for rent” is inaccurate and offensive
  • The extensive vetting, screening, and setting of expectations that occurs between a surrogate and intended parts prior to any agreement being signed
  • What is a reasonable vs. non-reasonable request for IPs to make of a surrogate
  • A surrogate’s right to make medical decisions for herself at all times, in any circumstance
  • Red flags for potential surrogates to watch out for
  • The very complicated question of termination or selective reduction and how bodily autonomy plays a role
  • How the COVID-19 vaccination has become the latest point of contention in the surrogate-IP matching process
  • What potential egg donors need to know in order to advocate for themselves and make an informed decision

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