Fertility and Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART)

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Fertility and Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART)

SKU# 9780826172532

Theory, Research, Policy and Practice for Health Care Practitioners


  • Eleanor Lowndes Stevenson PhD, RN
  • Patricia Hershberger PhD, MSN, RN, FNP-BC
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Delivers current knowledge from global experts at the forefront of fertility and ART healthcare

The first publication of its kind, this book on fertility and assisted reproductive technology (ART) is a globally focused, authoritative guide tostate-of-the-art information about modern fertility and ART healthcare. Written for clinicians, public health officials, women’s health experts,scientists, students, scholars, and other interested individuals, the book encompasses theoretical, research, policy, and clinical practice aspects offertility and ART healthcare. The book features the diverse contributions of multidisciplinary researchers, scholars, and clinicians from eight countrieswho explore contemporary health care perspectives regarding individuals and families dealing with infertility and fertility challenges including suchadvanced technologies as in-vitro fertilization, intrauterine insemination, and oocyte preservation.

The book addresses theoretical underpinnings of fertility and ART healthcare including new ways of conceptualizing research and theoretical concepts.Practical aspects involved with administering and treating the many women and men whose lives are affected by fertility challenges are illuminated. Complexpolicy concerns resulting from the rapid advances in fertility and ART are considered. The health care needs of those seeking fertility evaluation andtreatment including access to care locally and globally are examined in depth. The book also includes discussions about novel approaches and emergingpopulations in fertility and ART healthcare that expand the scope of care. Thought-provoking case examples from contemporary care practices will help thereader to synthesize information.

Key Features:

  • Delivers thought provoking ART research and practice issues for health care clinicians, scholars, and scientists
  • Synthesizes evolving theory, research, clinical practice, and public policy concerns
  • Addresses complex considerations within the practice and delivery of fertility and ART services
  • Written by international thought leaders and emerging scholars on the forefront of ART technologies and other issues
  • Includes case study exemplars to stimulate critical thinking and transform discussion about modern fertility and ART care

Product Details 

  • Publication Date January 25, 2016
  • Page Count 392
  • Product Form Paperback / softback
  • ISBN 13 9780826172532
  • EISBN 9780826172549

About The Author(s) 

Eleanor L. Stevenson, PhD, RN,

is an assistant professor of nursing at Duke University School of Nursing in the Division of Health for Women, Children, and Families. She received her BS in nursing from Rutgers University College of Nursing–New Brunswick and her MS as a women’s health nurse practitioner from Rutgers University College of Nursing–Newark. She received her PhD in nursing research and theory development from New York University College of Nursing. Her area of inquiry focuses on the multidimensional psychological stress women who have conceived pregnancies via in vitro fertilization experience, as well as the adaptive behaviors of men with male-factor infertility. Dr. Stevenson is an active member of Sigma Theta Tau International, Beta Epsilon, the American Society for Reproductive Medicine–Nurse Professional Group, and the Association for Women’s Health, Obstetrical and Neonatal Nursing (AWHONN). She has received numerous awards including the New York University Alumni Association Doctoral Achievement Award; the Sigma Theta Tau International Upsilon Research Award; the Rudin Family Award for Doctoral Achievement; the McRae Foundation Award; and the American Society for Reproductive Medicine Nursing Professional Group Prize Paper Award (2011, 2012, and 2014). Dr. Stevenson’s clinical career has focused on women’s health issues, including clinical practice in various settings such as high-risk labor and delivery, mother–baby, antepartum, family planning, and infertility services. At Duke University, she teaches in the DNP, MSN, and ABSN programs. Dr. Stevenson has also applied her clinical expertise in the research and development of women’s health and infertility medications. She enjoys sharing her passion for this patient population with students by mentoring baccalaureate, master’s, and doctoral students who focus their inquiry and practice on fertility issues to advance science and clinical care.

Patricia E. Hershberger, PhD, MSN, RN, FNP-BC,

a registered nurse and board-­certified family nurse practitioner, is an associate professor of nursing and an affiliate professor of medicine at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). Dr. Hershberger received her ASN and BSN degrees from Indiana University–Northwest, her MSN from Valparaiso University, and her PhD from UIC. She completed postdoctoral training at the University of Michigan. Dr. Hershberger’s multidisciplinary research, which is shaped by her clinical practice experiences, aims to improve the health and health care of individuals, couples, and families with fertility challenges. Her research has been supported by the National Institutes of Health, the International Society of Nurses in Genetics, Sigma Theta Tau International (Alpha Lambda Chapter), and the UIC College of Nursing Internal Research Support Program. Dr. Hershberger is the recipient of numerous awards for her research, including the National Award of Excellence in Research from the Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric, and Neonatal Nurses (2013) and the National Institutes of Health Building Interdisciplinary Research Careers in Women’s Health (BIRCWH) scholar award (2009). She is among a handful of nurses who received a prestigious BIRCWH award. Dr. Hershberger is a recipient of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine Nursing Professional Group Prize Paper Award (2005, 2014). Committed to advancing research and fostering the next generation of scientists, Dr. Hershberger was elected to the Midwest Nursing Research Society board of directors in 2014. She is also an active member of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine.

Table of Contents 



Foreword Susan Seenan, HND

Foreword Marcia C. Inhorn, PhD, MPH




1. A Template for a Comprehensive Theory of Infertility: A Roy Adaptation Model Perspective
Jacqueline Fawcett

2. Shifting Family Structure: Theoretical Perspectives of Worldwide Population and Family Composition
Jennie M. Wagner

3. A Theoretical Approach to Multidimensional Stress Experienced During Pregnancy by Women Who Conceive Via In Vitro Fertilization
Eleanor L. Stevenson and Kristina Cobb

4. Examining the Unit of Analysis in Assisted Reproduction: Conceptual Insights Into Individual, Couple, and Family Research in Education and Counseling
Patricia E. Hershberger and Sooyoung Yeom

5. Exemplar: Using an Egg Donor: Insights Into an Infertile Woman’s Experience
Patricia E. Hershberger


6. Psychological Stress and Fertility
Angela K. Lawson

7. The Illusion of Normal Fertility: Women’s Experiences of Pregnancy and Birth After Oocyte Donation
Astrid Indekeu and Ken Daniels

8. Individual and Family Outcomes of First-Time Parents Older Than 40 Years: Implications of Later-Life Parenting
Julia T. Woodward and Katherine E. MacDuffie

9. Understanding the Impact of Delayed Parenting: Gender, Paid Work, and Work–Family Strategies
Tiffany Romain and Robert D. Nachtigall

10. Young Women’s Reasons Regarding Whether to Undergo Fertility Preservation Treatment When Facing a Cancer Diagnosis: A Literature Review
Patricia E. Hershberger

11. Accommodating Assisted Reproductive Technologies to Rabbinic Law
Tsipy Ivry

12. “If Some Is Good, More Must Be Better”: Diverging Goals Between Patient and Provider About Multifetal Pregnancies in ART
Alexandra Cooper, Kathryn E. Flynn, and Elizabeth A. Duthie

13. Exemplar: Medically High-Risk Conditions Necessitating Utilization of a Gestational Carrier
Eleanor L. Stevenson


14. Challenges to Infertility Advocacy in the United States: Defining Infertility and Barriers to Access to Care
Barbara Collura and Eleanor L. Stevenson

15. Utilization of ART Services in Developed Countries and Impact on Cross-Border Reproductive Care
Eleanor L. Stevenson and Jamie Kanehl

16. Utilization of Fertility Care in Developing Countries: Challenges in Family Building Around the Globe
Nathalie Dhont and Willem Ombelet

17. Emerging “Cost-Effective” Treatments Including Low-Cost IVF
Willem Ombelet and Nathalie Dhont

18. Defining Infertility: Global Views on Timing of IVF and the Ability to Access Care
Irma Scholten and Ben W. Mol

19. Changing Times: How Is Same-Sex Relationship Equality Impacting the Fertility Care Landscape?
Bethany G. Everett, Oluwatitofunmi O. Apatira, and Katharine McCabe

20. Exemplar: A Genetically At-Risk Couple Considers the Use of Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis in the United States
Patricia E. Hershberger


21. Assisted Reproductive Technology Treatment Options for Couples With Fertility Issues
Eleanor L. Stevenson

22. Polycystic Ovary Syndrome: Reproductive and Psychological Implications
Osama S. Abdalmageed, Jennifer L. Eaton, and William W. Hurd

23. Team Communication: Critical in the Care of the Couple With Fertility Challenges
Jamie Leonard and Eleanor L. Stevenson

24. Focusing on Nursing: Emerging Specialty Practice in the United Kingdom
Eilis Moody

25. Men and Infertility: Their Experience With Challenges in Family Formation
Kevin McEleny

26. Exemplar: An Adolescent Seeking Fertility Treatment
Anne Derouin

Epilogue: Family Formation—What Is Ahead?
Eleanor L. Stevenson and Patricia E. Hershberger