Hannah Gibson

Hannah was born and raised in Scotland before moving to New Zealand aged 16. She is currently a PhD student in medical anthropology, exploring surrogacy and parenthood in New Zealand. She writes about disability, ableism, academia, sexuality, infertility, surrogacy, and is particularly passionate challenging stigmas around the above topics.

Jan 17, 2021
A young woman lies on a couch with her back to the camera, while a cute Golden retriever dog lies over her.

Some advice for 'long Covid' sufferers, from the chronic fatigue community

Understanding the connection between chronic fatigue and ‘long Covid’ might be helpful in treating symptoms that medicine will find all too easy to dismiss.

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Apr 26, 2019

Yes my dog is cute, but please don't pet him when he's working

Mobility dog owner Hannah Gibson explains why it's important assistance dogs like hers stay focused on the job. 

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Apr 13, 2019

We need to change how we talk about infertility

Our current understanding of infertility is limited and leads to unfair stigma, Hannah Gibson writes.

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Jan 12, 2019

Inventing illness? What it’s like when your GP won’t believe you’re in pain

Hannah Gibson has been living with chronic illness for most of her life. So why does she still struggle to get medical professionals to take her condition seriously?

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Sep 21, 2018

Why the inclusion of disabled people still has a long way to go

As we celebrate Suffrage 125, let us not forget that just as disabled people were excluded in 1893, many continue to feel excluded from society today.

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May 22, 2018

Surrogacy in the age of The Handmaid’s Tale

The Handmaid's Tale portrays surrogacy as an act of violent exploitation. Surrogacy researcher Hannah Gibson considers how the show affects our understanding of surrogacy in New Zealand and asks: are women here being exploited?

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May 12, 2018

The illness people can’t see: living with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

What is it like to have a disease that nobody can 'see' and which society can shame you for talking about?

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