Kirstin Mac Dougall

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OBJECTIVE To describe how parents envision, plan, and enact disclosing to their children that they were conceived with donor gametes. DESIGN In-depth ethnographic interviews. SETTING Participants were recruited from 11 medical infertility practices and 1 sperm bank in Northern California. PATIENT(S) A total of 141 married couples who had conceived a(More)
OBJECTIVE To describe parents' disclosure decision-making process. DESIGN In-depth ethnographic interviews. SETTING Participants were recruited from 11 medical infertility practices and 1 sperm bank in Northern California. PATIENT(S) One hundred forty-one married couples who had conceived a child using donor gametes (62 with donor sperm, 79 with donor(More)
STUDY QUESTION What do older women understand of the relationship between age and fertility prior and subsequent to delivering their first child? SUMMARY ANSWER Women who were first-time parents over the age of 40 did not accurately perceive the relationship between age and fertility prior to conceiving with IVF. WHAT IS KNOWN ALREADY While increases in(More)
In a qualitative interview study of 77 families with stored frozen embryos, we found that while embryo disposition decision making was influenced by individual life circumstances, embryo quantity/quality, personal values, embryo conceptualization, and clinic information, it was a stepwise process that could be represented as three sequential questions: (1)(More)
OBJECTIVE To describe frozen embryo holders' expectations and perceptions of IVF clinic information, support, and storage fees and their relevance to embryo disposition decision making. DESIGN Qualitative interview study. SETTING Three northern California IVF practices. PATIENT(S) One hundred six families (110 women and 74 men) with an average of six(More)
BACKGROUND As ages at first birth have steadily risen in the industrial west over the last several decades, the phenomenon of 'delayed childbearing' has come under research scrutiny by demographers, medical specialists and social scientists. In this study, we specifically explore the perceived advantages and disadvantages of postponed conception as well as(More)
Kirstin Mac Dougall, M.F.A., Gay Becker, Ph.D., Joanna E. Scheib, Ph.D., and Robert D. Nachtigall, M.D. a Institute for Health and Aging, University of California, San Francisco, San Francisco, California, b Department of Psychology, University of California, Davis, Davis, California, and c Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences,(More)
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