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Surrogacy and Familism

Many couples who remain childless despite a long wish now seek help from a doctor. The so-called reproductive medicine, assisted fertilization, now offers many possibilities. So the semen can be injected directly into the uterus, the so-called insemination.

If that doesn't work, the next step is in-vitro fertilization. The egg and sperm cell are brought together outside the body and then introduced into the uterus. But that doesn't have to be crowned with success either.

In some countries, a next step is still possible. The so-called surrogacy. The child is not carried by the mother of choice, but by a surrogate mother.

But we also investigated the question of why the desire to have children is so central in our society today. Why do people actually take so many steps to have children? In the second part of the show we hear Gisela Notz because she has long been familiar with familism.



Veronika Siegl

Veronika Siegl is a social and cultural anthropologist at the University of Bern. She has been involved in surrogacy for a number of years. It is legal in Russia and there are several clinics and agencies that offer it. Veronika did research here, talked to intended parents and surrogate mothers.

Gisela Notz

Gisela Notz is a German historian and social scientist. Gisela Notz studied industrial sociology, industrial psychology and adult education in Berlin and did her doctorate at the TU Berlin.