The psychologist and the posthumous assisted reproduction

Julieta Quayle
2019 Frontiers in Women's Health  
The development of assisted reproductive techniques poses important challenges to the work of clinical psychologists. Due to its singularity, posthumous assisted reproduction, exponentially increases these challenges and engages the assisted reproduction team with social representations related to the process, bringing out ethical, important legal and moral issues. There are few studies related to this subject in Portuguese. The authors present data from some research that explore either the
more » ... plore either the opinions about posthumous assisted reproduction or the difficulties inherent to this process, which is inscribed in a serious grief process. The risks related to the process are also presented. They discuss data they collected in a survey developed in social media (Facebook) and among students of a face to face assisted reproduction course, in order to get a grip on society's perceptions on the subject. They suggest guidelines to support the psychologist's work in this context with candidates to posthumous reproduction. Lesley and John Brown had been trying to be parents for more than nine years. In 1978 they saw Louise born, conceived with the aid of assisted reproductive techniques. Since then, Louise has been known worldwide as the "first test-tube baby." This successful epic story inspired countless teams and transformed the world of parenthood forever. Quayle J (2019) The psychologist and the posthumous assisted reproduction
doi:10.15761/fwh.1000160 fatcat:37pqe7tqtrhn7dg7ovakc3b47e