OBJECTIVE. To examine the effects of infertility treatment on women's ability to adapt to pregnancy and motherhood. METHODS. Fecund (n = 261) and subfecund (n = 103) primiparous women receiving obstetrical care in southeastern Michigan participated in this descriptive, correlational, prospective study. The subjects completed Lederman's Pre-Natal Self-Evaluation questionnaire during the third trimester of pregnancy and Lederman's Postpartum Self-Evaluation questionnaire during the first postpartum appointment. FINDINGS. Mean scores showed that the two groups of women were not significantly different with either adaptation to pregnancy or motherhood. CONCLUSIONS & IMPLICATIONS FOR NURSING. Although subfecund women may experience stress in order to achieve a pregnancy, there do not appear to be any latent effects of this stress on their ability to adapt to pregnancy or motherhood.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||11|
|Journal||Maternal-child nursing journal|
|State||Published - Jan 1 1995|
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