Pregnancy-Related Anxiety in Women Who Conceive Via In Vitro Fertilization: A Mixed Methods Approach


Journal Article

ABSTRACTThe process of in vitro fertilization (IVF) causes anxiety, but it is unclear whether this anxiety continues into pregnancy and affects childbirth preparation. This study administered the pregnancy-related anxiety measure to 144 women during their second trimester. Anxiety scores were slightly higher among IVF compared to non-IVF pregnant women. Thirty-one participants provided narrative data about their pregnancy-specific anxiety. Themes emerged from qualitative analysis related to anxiety about the health of their babies, perception of maternal health and safety, and perception of their abilities to fulfill the role of mother. Because of their relationship with patients during pregnancy, nurses and perinatal educators play a critical role in identification of women with pregnancy-specific anxieties and providing relevant care to address these anxieties.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Stevenson, EL; Trotter, KJ; Bergh, C; Sloane, R

Published Date

  • 2016

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 25 / 3

Start / End Page

  • 193 - 200

Published By

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1548-8519

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1058-1243

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1891/1058-1243.25.3.193


  • en