‘Parenthood Research’ is an interdisciplinary project that started in September 2011. It is a collaboration between researchers from the department of Experimental-Clinical and Health Psychology, the Bioethics Institute Ghent and the department of Reproductive Medicine of the Ghent University Hospital.

Our aim is to investigate the meanings of social and genetic parenthood as constructed and experienced by people who are involved in medically assisted reproduction techniques (the people 'in the field'). We also investigate related themes such as perceived parental responsibilities and competencies within different child-parent relationships. Both the experiences and the normative reasoning of the participants are investigated.

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Award winning researcher


Sara Somers won the ESHRE Nurses Award 2014 at the ESHRE Annual Meeting, held in Munich (29 June - 2 July). She presented her upcoming paper "Family decision making: a qualitative study in lesbian couples after donor conception". This paper focusses on the decisions made by lesbian couples while building their family via donor insemination 8-10 years ago and how they organize(d) family life post-treatment. Congratulations, Sara!