The Best Outsourcing Story Ever: Childbirth

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After a weekend of dealing with outsourced technical support from Sony and customer service from XM Radio, I thought that outsourcing couldn’t get any more ridiculous until I read this article from CNN about outsourced childbirth:

But if commercial surrogacy keeps growing, some fear it could change from a medical necessity for infertile women to a convenience for the rich.

“You can picture the wealthy couples of the West deciding that pregnancy is just not worth the trouble anymore and the whole industry will be farmed out,” said Lantos.

Or, Lantos said, competition among clinics could lead to compromised safety measures and “the clinic across the street offers it for 20 percent less and one in Bangladesh undercuts that and pretty soon conditions get bad.”

We’re getting closer to science fiction every day.

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Don Pogreba

Don Pogreba is a eighteen-year teacher of English, former debate coach, and loyal, if often sad, fan of the San Diego Padres and Portland Timbers. He spends far too many hours of his life working at school and on his small business, Big Sky Debate.

His work has appeared in Politico and Rewire.

In the past few years, travel has become a priority, whether it’s a road trip to some little town in Montana or a museum of culture in Ísafjörður, Iceland.

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  • Wealthy women used to outsource breastfeeding. Then they decided that it was trendy and cool (and more healthy) to breastfeed their own kids. I could definitely see the same thing happening. All the rich people outsource pregnancy, and then you get one celebrity who decides not to, and it suddenly becomes hip to have your own baby.

  • Superb blog! Do you have any tips for aspiring writers? I’m planning to start my own site soon but I’m a little lost on everything. Would you suggest starting with a free platform like WordPress or go for a paid option? There are so many options out there that I’m totally overwhelmed .. Any ideas? Bless you!

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