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Medical successes and couples' psychological problems in Assisted Reproduction Treatment: a Narrative Based Medicine approach.
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PMID:  22928539     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
Abstract Objective: 1) To explore the psychological processes that develop in women and men during their first pregnancy obtained with assisted reproduction treatment; 2) to individuate the main plot that women and men use to recount their transition to parenthood. Methods: A face-to-face semi-structured autobiographical interview was administered. The interview was aimed to investigate the story of pregnancy. Interviews were transcribed verbatim and analyzed in order to merge principal themes. Participants: 15 Italian couples waiting for the first child after a conception with assisted reproductive technologies. Results: Medically assisted pregnancy constitutes an extremely stressful, highly medicalised experience, that the couple, however, narrated according to a basic plot consisting in four phases: doubt, final sentence, victory, monitoring. Conclusions: Results suggest that physicians can benefit from knowing the phases that infertile couples experience during pregnancy because these can serve as a framework to use in monitoring their transition to parenthood and in planning psychological support and health interventions for them.
Andrea Smorti; Martina Smorti
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Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2012-8-29
Journal Detail:
Title:  The journal of maternal-fetal & neonatal medicine : the official journal of the European Association of Perinatal Medicine, the Federation of Asia and Oceania Perinatal Societies, the International Society of Perinatal Obstetricians     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1476-4954     ISO Abbreviation:  J. Matern. Fetal. Neonatal. Med.     Publication Date:  2012 Aug 
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Created Date:  2012-8-29     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
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Nlm Unique ID:  101136916     Medline TA:  J Matern Fetal Neonatal Med     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
University of Florence, Department of Psychology, Via di san salvi 12 padiglione 26, Florence, 50135 Italy.
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