Margarete Sandelowski, PhD, RN, is an associate professor; Betty Glenn Harris, PhD, RN, is an assistant professor, and Diane Holditch-Davis, PhD, RN, is an assistant professor in the School of Nursing, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Pregnant moments: The process of conception in infertile couples
Article first published online: 19 JAN 2007
Copyright © 1990 Wiley Periodicals, Inc., A Wiley Company
Research in Nursing & Health
Volume 13, Issue 5, pages 273–282, October 1990
How to Cite
Sandelowski, M., Harris, B. G. and Holditch-Davis, D. (1990), Pregnant moments: The process of conception in infertile couples. Res. Nurs. Health, 13: 273–282. doi: 10.1002/nur.4770130503
- Issue published online: 19 JAN 2007
- Article first published online: 19 JAN 2007
- Manuscript Revised: 12 MAR 1990
- Manuscript Accepted: 12 MAR 1990
- Manuscript Received: 11 OCT 1989
- National Center for Nursing Research, NIH. Grant Number: NR 01707
This report is an explication of the process of conception in infertile couples as illuminated by 24 infertile couples and a comparison group of 6 couples with no fertility impairments. Employing techniques generic to grounded theory research, the investigators found that infertile couples lived conception as a series of biological and phenomenological moments. The process of biomedically-assisted conception consisted of three components including: (a) forcing conception; (b) resolving conceptional ambiguity; and (c) reconciling conception as an idea and as an event. The findings suggest the need for a re-examination of current orientations to pregnancy time and space and appraisal of couples' interpretations of conception. In addition, the convergence of the conception experiences of infertile and fertile couples raises questions about the meaning of normal conception in the current technological context of reproduction.