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After IVF ... the Parenting Part

There is no doubt that experiencing infertility is one of the most stressful events that can happen during a person's life. But what about after the fertility treatment works? Is the parenting experience any different for those whose baby was conceived with assisted reproduction such as in vitro fertilization (IVF) than it is for those whose baby was conceived naturally?

A quick search on the internet does not reveal a lot of research on the subject, but one 2001 report, "Parenting and psychosocial development of IVF children: a follow-up study," published in the journal Human Reproduction concludes:

    Parenting behavior and parenting stress did not differ significantly between IVF and naturally conceiving mothers, nor did they between IVF and control fathers. No significant difference was found between IVF mothers and naturally conceiving mothers for the parenting goals adjustment, personal autonomy and achievement.

In her latest blog, fertiliyt nurse and former IVF patient Tracy Shahan, talks about Parenting after IVF — the Teenage Years. Anyone parenting a teenager can relate!

Share your thoughts on parenting after infertility on our Facebook page, or check out the FertileThoughts Parenting after Infertility forum.

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