Professor Lorraine Culley
Lorraine Culley is Professor of Social Science and Health at De Montfort University, Leicester, UK. She is a sociologist by background and a graduate of the Universities of Liverpool (BA, PhD) and London (MA). Her research interests encompass work on social and political aspects of infertility; ethnicity and healthcare, and user perspectives in health. In her work on assisted conception, she has completed a major study of access to infertility services for British South Asian communities and an ESRC funded study of perceptions of gamete donation. She is the Principal Investigator on a research project, also funded by the ESRC, exploring the experiences of people who travel abroad from the UK for fertility treatment [www.transrep.co.uk]. Recent books include Marginalized Reproduction: Ethnicity, Infertility and Reproductive Technologies, Earthscan Books 2009 (co-edited with Nicky Hudson and Floor van Rooij).
About this podcast
While there are few robust data, it appears that crossing borders to access fertility treatment is a growing phenomenon. In this podcast Professor Culley discusses the driving forces for this growth in assisted reproductive travel. She presents some of the findings of a recent qualitative research project that explores the motivations, destinations and experiences of UK residents who have decided to travel abroad in their quest for conception.
Reproductive Biomedicine Online literature review