Anna Arvidsson

Affiliated researcher at Department of Women's and Children's Health, International Maternal and Child Health (IMCH); International Maternal and Reproductive Health and Migration

Visiting address:
MTC-huset, Dag Hammarskjölds väg 14B, 2 tr
752 37 Uppsala
Postal address:
Akademiska sjukhuset
751 85 UPPSALA

Short presentation

I have a Bachelor in Social Work,a Master’s degree in sexology and a PhD in Medical science. Today a work 20 % as a lecturer at Malmö University within the area of sexology. I also work 80n% as a social Consultant at the Municipality of Helsingborg.

Transition to parenthood by ART, with focus on surrogacy in Sweden and India

My research was about surrogacy both in a Swedish and in an Indian context. Both Sweden and India lacked regulations on surrogacy, although permitted to use surrogacy in India but not in Sweden. Swedish couples have then turned to India for surrogacy. In Sweden my research focused primarily on social and legal aspects of surrogacy. I investigated commissioning parents’ experiences of using surrogacy and also social workers’ experiences of handling cases involving surrogacy. My research in India focused primarily on perceptions of surrogacy as a possible option to parenthood. The theoretical approach is based on social constructivism. There has been a lack of empirical studies and this is needed for well-based decision-making about surrogacy.


Birgitta Essén
Sara Johnsdotter, Malmö högskola

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Anna Arvidsson