Conceptualising women's motivations for social egg freezing and experience of reproductive delay

Date

2018-03-30

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0141-9889

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Publisher

Wiley

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Article

Peer reviewed

Yes

Abstract

As the average age of motherhood in many Western countries continues to rise, the spectacle of the older mother and the trend towards delayed childbearing has been the subject of much public debate and interest. Concurrent to this trend has been the development and use of a new form of fertility preservation-social egg freezing- a technology which by its very nature is meant to enable reproductive delay. Whilst previous studies have been able to provide insights into the complex and often interrelating structural, economic, and relational factors shaping the timing of motherhood, and in some cases women’s use of social egg freezing, fewer studies have clearly demonstrated the way these factors themselves, as well as the accounts of individual women, can be seen as being shaped by ideological and discursive forces. Drawing on interviews with 31 users of social egg freezing this paper will demonstrate how women’s accounts of reproductive delay and use of egg freezing technology can be seen as being shaped by neoliberal rationality, heteronormativity, discourses of ‘appropriate parenting’ and gendered ideologies of parenthood.

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Keywords

Social egg freezing, Parenting ideologies, Neoliberalism, Reproductive timing, Fertility

Citation

Baldwin, K. (2018) Conceptualising women's motivations for social egg freezing and experience of reproductive delay. Sociology of Health and Illness, 40 (5) pp. 859-873

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Centre for Reproduction Research (CRR)