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Reprod Biomed Online. 2007 Mar;14(3):279-87.

Extended encounters with midwives at the first IVF cycle: a controlled trial.

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Reproductive Medicine, Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Institution of Clinical Sciences, Sahlgrenska University Hospital, Göteborg University, SE-413 45 Göteborg, Sweden.


The aim of this prospective, controlled study was to investigate the impact of participation in extended encounters with midwives on the psychological well-being of women undergoing IVF treatment and on their experience of treatment procedures. A total of 166 couples were studied during their first IVF treatment at the authors' IVF unit, of which 49 underwent intervention via extended midwife encounters. Participants answered questionnaires on three occasions. Psychological effects of infertility and questions regarding the relationship with the partner were considered. On the third occasion, two open-ended questions regarding perception of the treatment and the support by the staff were assessed. Regarding the psychological effects of infertility and the relationship with the partner, no significant differences were found between the intervention group versus the control group. Analysis of the open-ended questions resulted in the finding that significantly (P = 0.01) more women in the intervention group expressed satisfaction with the care. No impact of the intervention on psychological well-being was noted. However, the intervention seemed to be an effective method to give couples a feeling of security, continuity and an opportunity to be seen as individuals and as couples, for which the women expressed their appreciation.

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