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Motherhood through medically assisted reproduction - characteristics and motivations of Swedish single mothers by choice.

Authors
  • Volgsten, Helena1
  • Schmidt, Lone2
  • 1 Department of Women's and Children's Health, Uppsala University, Uppsala, Sweden. , (Sweden)
  • 2 Department of Public Health, University of Copenhagen, Copenhagen, Denmark. , (Denmark)
Type
Published Article
Journal
Human fertility (Cambridge, England)
Publication Date
Jul 01, 2021
Volume
24
Issue
3
Pages
219–225
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1080/14647273.2019.1606457
PMID: 31037982
Source
Medline
Keywords
Language
English
License
Unknown

Abstract

Characteristics and motivations of single mothers by choice were assessed in this pilot study, after new legislation in 2016 allowing access to medically assisted reproduction (MAR). Single women at a university clinic in Sweden were sent a postal questionnaire to their home address (n = 86) and 54 (62.8%) women filled it out and returned it. The women had a mean age of 35.1 years and were well-educated. Most of them worked full-time, were permanently employed, and had a stable income. They had previously had long-term relationships, although these had not been right for having children. More women (61%) could consider embryo donation rather than adoption (50%) (p < 0.05). The motivations most commonly cited for choosing motherhood by MAR was that because of their age, having a child was more important than waiting for the right partner. Nevertheless, they still had hope to find a partner in the future. In conclusion, Swedish single women accepted for MAR are no different from other single mothers by choice: they are financially and socially stable, and choose motherhood by MAR due to their advanced age and not wanting to wait too long in order to meet the right partner.

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