Gauging the interests of birth mother and child: a qualitative study of Swedish social workers’ experiences of transnational gestational surrogacy

Anna Arvidsson, Sara Johnsdotter, Maria Emmelin, Birgitta Essén

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Abstract

There are few studies on how social workers deal with cases regarding transnational surrogacy. Our study intends to contribute to filling this gap. In Sweden, surrogacy as an assisted reproductive technology method is not permitted. As a result, many prospective parents have turned abroad, mainly to India, for surrogacy. There are no laws regulating surrogacy in Sweden, and difficulties have arisen in establishing legal parenthood when the parents return with the child. This qualitative interview study with social workers found that legal uncertainty and ethical issues surrounded their handling. With no guidelines, the constructions of parenthood will continue to depend on individual social workers’ conflicting views on how to best meet the surrogate mother’s interest and the best interest of the child. Regulation is thus needed to better protect those involved and minimize the contingent aspects of legal handling by individual officials.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)86-99
JournalEuropean Journal of Social Work
Volume21
Issue number1
Early online date2016 Nov 23
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2018

Subject classification (UKÄ)

  • Social Work

Keywords

  • construction
  • Legal parenthood
  • social workers
  • Sweden
  • transnational commercial surrogacy

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