Reed Pence, Taina Bien-Aimé, Dr. Linda Kahn, and Ashley Mareko | Radio Health Journal | June 12, 2022
This Radio Health Journal episode showcases three voices in surrogacy policy and practice. The Director of the Coalition Against Trafficking in Women argues that surrogacy is exploitative and can lead to human trafficking. A New York University professor discusses increased risks for pregnancy complications. A three-time surrogate and employee at a surrogacy agency asserts that company policies can safeguard parties in surrogacy arrangements. With no federal surrogacy laws in place, this is a dangerous road to traverse.
In this BBC World Service podcast, Emily Webb interviews Patrick and Enitan Goredema from Canada about their experience becoming parents during COVID-19. They discuss their earlier struggle with infertility and IVF, cultural attitudes toward infertility in their home countries of Zimbabwe and Nigeria, and dynamics around the race of the surrogate. Patrick and Enitan describe the process of undergoing egg retrieval abroad, Skyping with the surrogate, and having to cross two borders and quarantine in Georgia before meeting their child.
In the UK, compensation for surrogacy is unlawful. However, one woman in the UK sought damages to pay for an arranged surrogacy in the United States after a UK hospital had left her unable to have a child. In this podcast by Law Pod UK, Rosalind English interviews William Edis to talk about the recent Supreme Court ruling. The interviewee makes an argument that commercial surrogacy should continue to be prohibited in the UK.
By Gregory Warner | Rough Translation, NPR | April 29, 2020
In 2017, NPR ran a story of a Chinese woman who hired an American surrogate, what brought them together, and the challenges in their relationship. The original podcast is followed by interviews of the two women providing updates about their lives during the time of COVID-19.
In this podcast, guest Diane Tober, anthropologist and assistant professor at the University of San Fransisco, lifts the veil on the practice of donating eggs in the United States. Tober points out that donating eggs is an invasive procedure that is much riskier than advertised. The lack of research on the short- and long-term effects of egg provision, she says, complicates the concept of informed consent.
By Reveal | The Center for Investigative Reporting and PRX | Sept. 15, 2018
Originally broadcast in June 2017, around the 40th anniversary of in vitro fertilization, this podcast follows a couple that “puts its trust in a fertility clinic that promises more than it can deliver.” It explores the world of fertility treatment and the clinics and intended parents it brings together with promises of forming families.
Listen to James J. Hughes, director of The Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies on the ethics of emerging technologies – including those used for human gene editing – and the challenges to public policy in dealing with resulting social and economic changes.
Birthstory is a collaboration with the radio show and podcast Israel Story, It traces the journey of a gay couple from Israel that travel to Nepal to pick up their surrogacy-delivered children. While there, Nepal is hit by a devastating earthquake, resulting in the controversial decision by the Israeli government to evacuate its citizens – and their children – but leave behind the gestational mothers. The story follows the couple home, their efforts to contact the (two) gestational mothers, and their reactions on hearing how the women have been treated by the agency in between.
Hardtalk with Dr. Nayna Patel
By Hardtalk | BBC | 2013
Listen to Stephen Sackur in conversation with Dr. Nayna Patel, the medical director of Akanksha Hospital in the Indian state of Gujarat.
During the interview, the host of BBC Hardtalk addresses many of the concerns that have been documented by researchers and activists working on international commercial surrogacy, from those related to unfair payments and payment schedules for gestational mothers to unsound medical practices that characterize many arrangements.