In-fertility: The Lived Experience of Surrogate Mothers

Infertility has been a human preoccupation for millennia, and subsequently, so has surrogacy. Deeply entrenched in the human psyche, from mythology to the Western and Eastern scriptures, surrogacy has become a rapidly growing field in human family formation. The development of ARTs and in particular IVF has provided a new avenue: allowing infertile mothers to raise their genetic babies with the help of a gestational carrier. Who are these women, these mothers, willing to carry and birth a non-genetically related child for another couple or individual? What is the drive that propels them into engaging in multiple surrogacies? What is the dynamic between the gestational mother, the intended parent(s), and the prenate?

About Dominique Yarritu, MA, LMFT – PhD Candidate

Dominique Yarritu, MA is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in San Jose, CA who focuses her practice on adults and couples using a psychodynamic and Jungian approach. She is a doctoral candidate at Pacifica Graduate Institute in Depth Psychology with an emphasis in Somatic Studies. Her research focuses on gestational surrogacy and more specifically on the lived experience of surrogate mothers. She can be reached at