Psychological and social aspects of pregnancy, childbirth and early parenting after assisted conception: A systematic review

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BACKGROUND It is known that infertility affects emotional well-being, satisfaction with life and self-esteem and that failed assisted reproductive technology (ART) treatment is associated with diminished life satisfaction, reduced self-confidence and substantial psychological distress. Investigations of whether these persist when treatment results in a pregnancy and live birth have been undertaken. METHODS A systematic search for English-language research articles on psychological and social aspects of pregnancy, childbirth and the first post-partum year after ART conception.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)395 - 414
Number of pages20
JournalHuman Reproduction Update
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 2008
Externally publishedYes

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