This week, we are covering the topic of reproductive technologies and how these developments have impacted the American family. According to the CDC:

“ART has been used in the United States since 1981 to help women become pregnant, most commonly through the transfer of fertilized human eggs into a woman’s uterus (in vitro fertilization). However, deciding whether to undergo this expensive and time-consuming treatment can be difficult. According to CDC’s 2008 ART Success Rates Report, 148,055* ART cycles were performed at 436 reporting clinics in the United States during 2008, resulting in 46,326 live births (deliveries of one or more living infants) and 61,426 infants. Although the use of ART is still relatively rare as compared to the potential demand, its use has doubled over the past decade. Today, over 1% of all infants born in the United States every year are conceived using ART.”

On Thursday, we will discuss ideas overviewed in this prezi on “Reproductive Technologies.” We will review the previous documentaries, The Business of Being Born and Maybe Baby. We will discuss the two assigned articles. The first is in the Goodwin reader, Baby Markets: “Commerce and Regulation in the Assisted Reproduction Industry,” 191-207. The second article is in the Davis-Floyd & Dumit anthology, Cyborg Babies, “Witches, Nurses, Midwives, and Cyborgs,” p. 67-89.

For your blog #11 posting, please pick one of the articles and review the information in-depth. Also answer the following research question based upon your group number. Your group will report back on your findings collectively. Please come to class prepared to discuss all assigned material and your group topic. The articles are listed on Blackboard by article name.

Group 1: will be over-viewing all assignments and bringing in additional materials.

Group 2: Provide definitions for the different IVF procedures and the national statistics of the procedures.

Group 3: Find information about the globalization of alternative reproductive practices such as surrogacy, the international sale of gametes, international adoption, and so on. What are the statistics around these practices? What are some of the rules, regulations and ethics?

Group 4: Provide a detailed analysis of the article “Commerce and Regulation in the Assisted Reproduction Industry.”

Group 5: Provide a detailed analysis of the article “Witches, Nurses, Midwives, and Cyborgs.”

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