Surrogacy’s Emergence, Development, and International Expansion

From: Stolen Motherhood


The author begins by examining the social, cultural, and economic factors that underpin surrogacy, claiming that it is essential to examine it in today’s context while identifying the factors that encouraged its spread. She touches on various changes that prompted the development of reproductive practices and then looks at the reality of surrogacy today.



Maria De Koninck

Maria De Koninck (PhD) was Université Laval’s first Chair of Women’s Studies. Her research has focused on women’s health, including childbirth and reproductive technologies. Her 20 years of international experience include work on HIV-AIDS in West Africa and maternal mortality (notably for WHO). She lives in Quebec City.