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IVF mummies I need your help

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VickyIVFmummy Fri 09-Jan-15 09:52:39

Hello everyone smile
I am completely new to this. I tried for 5 years to conceive my little boy and was successful after 2 rounds of ICSI. I am currently at uni and have chosen to do my dissertation on IVF and the mothers bond. I have chosen this as its a subject very close to my heart and over the years I think I googled and read most articles. Anyway I wondered if any of you who had successful IVF/ICSI and went on to have a child (or 2,3) could spend a few mins filling out a quick questionnaire for me?


I cant upload the file so will copy and paste below. My email address is or I will follow this thread for anyone who wishes to copy their answers below

To Whom this May Concern,

My name is Vicky and I am undertaking a research project on the bond between a mother who has undergone IVF and her baby, this is a requirement for my final year of my Early Years Honours degree that I am currently studying. I would like very much to include you.

My research project will involve questionnaires in which you are to complete and return to me, from the questionnaires I will ask 4 participants to partake in an interview, all your responses will remain anonymous throughout the research process. The finished project will be shared with my supervisor and her fellow markers from the university, the External Examiner and possibly a website which supports mother’s who have been or are going through IVF.

The Centre for Education Studies requires all students to submit their proposed research for ethical approval to my supervisor, and my proposal, described above, will be approved by him/her. I also have, as required by the Centre, an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check. I hope this will reassure you that my work will be carried out in a way which ensures that no participant will suffer any damage from the research and that all participants can ask for any information and can ask to be withdrawn from the research at any point. If you wish to have more information, please contact me, using my contact details (, or Course Director, Elizabeth Coates, ( who is responsible for my work on this module.

I would be grateful if you would be willing to participate in this research project and look forward to hearing from you shortly.

Yours sincerely,

Vicky Hartley
Early Years Teacher


1)When did you first feel a bond between yourself and your baby?

In the womb At birth A few days post birth Other

2)On a scale of 1-5 (with 5 being the strongest) how strong would you state the bond between yourself and your child is?

1 2 3 4 5

3)Have you ever suffered from post natal depression?

4)If yes, how old was your child at the onset?

5)Do you feel if your child was conceived without using IVF your bond would be the same?

Please explain

6)Does your child’s father have a secure bond with the child?

7)Is the bond…

Stronger than expected As expected Weaker than expected?

8)Did you have any children prior to IVF?

9)Would you say you felt anxious during pregnancy regarding your foetus and its development/ welfare?

If yes, briefly explain what your anxieties were

10)Did you have a stressful pregnancy?

11)If yes, do you think this is evident in the temperament of your child?

12)If you could summarise being a mother in a few words, what would you say?

Thank you for your time and co-operation

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