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Biogenetic Kinship in Families Formed via Reciprocal IVF: ‘It Was [My Partner]’s Egg.. But My Blood Flowed through Her’

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Peer-reviewed

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Authors

McConnachie, A 
Jadva, V 
Ahuja, K 

Abstract

jats:p Reciprocal IVF is a route to parenthood that, for the first time, allows cis two-mother families (and other couples in which both partners have a uterus and egg stores) to ‘share’ biological parenthood. This family form offers a valuable opportunity for researchers to examine experiences of gestational and genetic motherhood within the same family, and this article is the first to take a sociological approach to exploring kinship within this emerging family form. Drawing upon interview data with 14 two-mother families (28 mothers) who have conceived via reciprocal IVF, we show that mothers hold complex, creative and sometimes contradictory understandings of the ‘multiple motherhoods’ within their family (i.e. genetic, epigenetic and gestational motherhood). Overall, mothers took an active and strategic approach to constructing kinship within their family, and these findings have theoretical, empirical and clinical implications. </jats:p>

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Peer reviewed: True

Keywords

44 Human Society, 4410 Sociology, 4403 Demography, Reproductive health and childbirth, Generic health relevance, 3 Good Health and Well Being

Journal Title

Sociology

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Journal ISSN

0038-0385
1469-8684

Volume Title

58

Publisher

SAGE Publications
Sponsorship
Economic and Social Research Council (ES/S001611/1)