Format

Send to

Choose Destination
Curr Opin Obstet Gynecol. 2012 Jun;24(3):158-63. doi: 10.1097/GCO.0b013e328352140a.

The global landscape of cross-border reproductive care: twenty key findings for the new millennium.

Author information

1
Department of Anthropology and MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies, Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut 06520-8277, USA.

Abstract

PURPOSE OF REVIEW:

Cross-border reproductive care (CBRC), also known as procreative tourism, fertility tourism, or reproductive tourism, is an increasing global phenomenon. This article reviews the expanding scholarly literature on CBRC, with 2010-2011 representing watershed years for CBRC scholarship and activism.

RECENT FINDINGS:

Terminological debates, missing data, and lack of international monitoring plague the study of CBRC. Nonetheless, it is widely acknowledged that CBRC is a growing industry, with new global hubs, new intermediaries, new media, and new spaces of interaction. Religious bans and legal restrictions have created a patchwork of 'restrictive' and 'permissive' countries, with law evasion being a primary driver of CBRC. Yet, patient motivations for CBRC are diverse and patients' levels of satisfaction with CBRC and its outcomes are generally high. Thus, scholarly concern with CBRC as law evasion must be tempered with qualitative studies of positive patient experiences.

SUMMARY:

CBRC can be considered a form of 'global gynecology' in which reproductive medicine, tourism, and commerce are converging in the second decade of the new millennium.

PMID:
22366965
DOI:
10.1097/GCO.0b013e328352140a
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

Supplemental Content

Full text links

Icon for Wolters Kluwer
Loading ...
Support Center