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Journal of Pregnancy
Volume 2015, Article ID 543210, 8 pages
Research Article

Paradox of Modern Pregnancy: A Phenomenological Study of Women’s Lived Experiences from Assisted Pregnancy

1School of Nursing & Midwifery, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran 1419733171, Iran
2Reproductive Biotechnology Research Center, Avicenna Research Institute, ACECR, Tehran 196151177, Iran
3School of Nursing and Midwifery, Iran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran 1996713883, Iran

Received 9 March 2015; Accepted 20 April 2015

Academic Editor: Fabio Facchinetti

Copyright © 2015 Fahimeh Ranjbar et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


The purpose of our study was describing the meaning of pregnancy through Assisted Reproductive Technologies (ARTs). A qualitative design with hermeneutic phenomenology approach was selected to carry out the research. Semistructured in-depth interviews were conducted with 12 women who experienced assisted pregnancy. Three themes emerged from women’s experience including finding peace in life, paradoxical feelings, and struggling to realize a dream. We concluded that pregnancy is the beginning of a new and hard struggle for women with fertility problems. The findings of our study resulted in helpful implications for the health care professionals managing assisted pregnancies.