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Women's narratives of crisis and change: Transitioning from infertility to pregnancy.

Authors
  • HaCohen, Nehama1, 2
  • Amir, Dana2
  • Wiseman, Hadas2
  • 1 1 Bar-Ilan University, Israel. , (Israel)
  • 2 2 University of Haifa, Israel. , (Israel)
Type
Published Article
Journal
Journal of health psychology
Publication Date
Apr 01, 2018
Volume
23
Issue
5
Pages
720–730
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1177/1359105316652465
PMID: 27297632
Source
Medline
Keywords
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Abstract

This study explores ways women, who endured prolonged fertility difficulties, after which they eventually conceived, integrate the two phases within their life stories. A total of 12 women were interviewed during their first pregnancy after having experienced 2-6 years of infertility. Three types of narratives were identified: (1) the infertility overshadows the pregnancy and approaching motherhood, (2) the pregnancy leads to a dissociation concerning the infertile period, and (3) the two states coexist together along an integrated continuum. We suggested that the different narrative types may occur in diverse circumstances that entail integrating a crisis or prolonged illness into a constructive and meaningful life story.

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