The Mother Machine: Reproductive Technologies from Artificial Insemination to Artificial Wombs 

Published by HarperCollins, New York.

For this book, I interviewed more than 90 research scientists, physicians, patients, ethicists, attorneys, and business executives involved in the new reproductive technologies. The technologies included in vitro fertilization and embryo transfer, artificial insemination, sex pre-determination and the artificial womb.

The Mother Machine was published in Japan, Germany and Britain as well as in the United States.

The Mother Machine is to the politics of birth, reproduction and reproductive technologies what Susan Brownmiller’s book, Against Our Will, was to rape: A lucid, compelling, relentless visionary analysis that sounds a clarion call to which we should all listen…,”  The San Francisco Chronicle’s review stated July 14, 1985. It added:  “Corea’s analysis is so thorough and so well-documented.”

Mary Daly, author of Gyn/Ecology and Pure Lust, wrote of The Mother Machine: “Gena Corea has written an immensely challenging and stimulating work, packed with information that is essential for feminists and for everyone concerned with the quality of life on this planet.”

“This is the most important, unique, disturbing, and challenging study of human reproductive technologies I have encountered in the 20 years I have devoted to studying the scientific and social aspects of human reproductive technologies,” embryologist Robert Francouer, author of Utopian Motherhood, wrote of The Mother Machine in SIECUS Report May 1986. He added: “A meticulously researched, documented study…”

Quotations from my book were integrated with art work in The Holocaust Project by artist Judy Chicago, photographer Donald Woodman and artisans around the country. Opening at the Spertus Museum in Chicago in 1993, The Holocaust Project  was a visual exploration of the meaning of the Holocaust for contemporary people.

To see my talk on surrogate motherhood at a press conference and listen to the women themselves, including Mary Beth Whitehead, go to

Read more about my other books, The Invisible Epidemic and The Hidden Malpractice, and Anthologies.