Friday, June 08, 2012
Anyone considering international surrogacy would do well to read Adrienne Arieff's memoir. The Sacred Thread helped me understand the anguish of women, unable to carry a baby to term, and why anyone would take this route. The author chooses a specialized clinic, mentioned on Oprah, in a rural village near the border with Pakistan. Arieff communicates the physical shock of being plunked down in the middle of a foreign country but also captures the last-minute doubts mothers-to-be-through-surrogacy experience. I had no idea that surrogacy in India was so much less expensive: $15,000 rather than $50 to $100,00 in the USA. Adrienne describes "the indescribably odd experience of having a baby without being pregnant or giving birth" with total candor. The memoir covers the emotional impact of this choice, as well as the ethical issues related to having a stranger carry your baby.
Posted by Alexandra Grabbe at 6:00 AM
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