Outcomes for Women and Infants Following Assisted Conception: Implications for Perinatal Education, Care, and Support

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Abstract:

Assisted conception is becoming an increasingly more common treatment option for women and couples who experience fertility problems. Links have been made in the literature between assisted conception and a greater incidence of pregnancy or birth complications, low birth weight or premature babies, and babies with congenital abnormalities. In addition, evidence suggests that the experience of assisted conception may influence the development of early mothering relationships and impact parenting adjustment. Although this commentary article does not strategically review all available literature, it provides an overview of the health issues that women and families undergoing assisted conception have experienced or may experience. Through raising awareness and promoting discussion of these issues, practitioners will be better equipped to provide informed education and support.

Keywords: assisted conception; breastfeeding; in vitro fertilization; perinatal education; postnatal period

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1891/1058-1243.21.1.18

Publication date: January 1, 2012

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