1st Edition

The Transition to Parenthood after IVF An Introduction for Nursing, Midwifery and Health Visiting

By Helen Allan, Ginny Mounce Copyright 2024
    250 Pages 2 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    250 Pages 2 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This book explores how experiences of IVF can affect the transition to parenthood for non-donor infertile couples.

    Drawing on empirical research and the broader social sciences literature, the book sets out the context of complex modern family building and discusses how infertility and IVF continue to shape parenthood and family building after successful IVF conception. It looks at how stigma, disclosure, loss, and gender affect the transition to parenthood, as well as what happens when parents start thinking about trying for siblings. We highlight the key roles for health care professionals (nurses, midwives, and health visitors) when caring for these new parents, in providing social support and facilitating good communication to foster emotional well-being.

    Ideal for nurses and midwives working in reproductive health as well as primary care nurses and health visitors, this applied text is a key reference for all healthcare professionals who meet people at any point on their journey to achieving pregnancy through IVF, during maternity care, and through the first few years of parenthood.

    1.Foreword - Lorraine Culley.  2.Preface - Jane Denton.  3.Acknowledgements.  4.Chapter 1 Introduction to the book.  5.Chapter 2 The context of infertility services and assisted reproduction (AR).  6.Chapter 3 Transition to parenthood.  7.Chapter 4 Sex, gender, and parenthood after IVF.  8.Chapter 5 Stigma and disclosure in infertility and IVF parenthood.  9.Chapter 6 Anxiety and loss in the transition to parenthood.  10.Chapter 7 IVF parents: family building in IVF parenthood.  11.Chapter 8 Conclusions: developing person-centred nursing, midwifery, and health visiting practice.


    Helen Allan is Professor of Nursing at Middlesex University, UK.

    Ginny Mounce is Senior Lecturer in Midwifery at Oxford Brookes University and Clinical Research Manager at the Nuffield Department of Women’s and Reproductive Health, University of Oxford, UK.

    "[This book] will be helpful for those in training and in practice to enhance the experience of support and understanding of all aspects of assisted reproduction and the transition into parenthood. [...] The book is well written and informative, and will be enlightening for even the most experienced practitioners and for those in training to become midwives, health visitors and GP’s." 

    - Sarah Molloy, Registered Nurse and Health Visitor (Ret'd)