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

Nehama HaCohen, Dana Amir, Hadas Wiseman

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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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)720-730
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Health Psychology
Issue number5
StatePublished - 1 Apr 2018

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  • coping and adaptation
  • infertility
  • pregnancy
  • qualitative analysis
  • transition into motherhood
  • women’s narratives

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Applied Psychology


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