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Title: Assisted conception and the welfare of the child : a critical review and analysis
Author: Blyth, Eric Douglas.
ISNI:       0000 0001 2437 8364
Awarding Body: University of Huddersfield
Current Institution: University of Huddersfield
Date of Award: 2002
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This submission for a PhD by publication comprises original empirical work (Blyth 1994a, 1995a, 1995b, Blyth and Hunt 1998) and documentary analysis as a basis for undertaking critical appraisal of policy implementation and practice, both within the UK and internationally (Blyth, 1990, 1991, 1993a, 1993b, 1998a, 1998b, 1999a, 1999b, 2000a, Blyth and Cameron, 1998). In addition to the above papers, all of which have been published in academic and professional journals, the submission includes one single authored text: Infertility and Assisted Conception: Practice Issues for Counsellors, Birmingham: British Association of Social Workers (Blyth, 1995c) and one co-edited book: Truth and the Child 10 Years On: Information Exchange in Donor Assisted Conception, Birmingham: British Association of Social Workers (Blyth, Crawshaw and Speirs, 1998). This work provides a critical analysis of the concept of the welfare of the child in the context of assisted conception and an evaluation of the provision and regulation of assisted conception services, in particular third party assisted conception, including surrogacy arrangements, and the utilization of gametes (sperm and oocytes) or embryos 'donated' by a third party, usually anonymously. In addition to an overview discussion of the conceptualisation of the welfare of the child in the context of assisted conception treatment, two sub-themes are located within this work: (1) access to genetic origins information by individuals conceived as a result of sperm 'donation', oocyte 'donation' or embryo 'donation' ('donor offspring'), and (2) the implications of surrogacy arrangements for the welfare of the child.Although all the empirical work has been undertaken within the UK and much of the documentary analysis is located within a UK context, the publications presented here also draw on international perspectives.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: Surrogacy arrangements Sociology Human services Medical care