– women’s age-related fertility challenges and reflections on timing of motherhood
The age of Danish women at the birth of their first child has increased significantly in recent decades, and more and more women do not start a family until the age of 30, when the reproductive capacity of women is halved.
Involuntary childlessness (infertility) affects 10-15 % of couples at the age of 25-45 years trying to have a child.
Fertility problems may have many reasons, but age is the largest cause of women finding it difficult to become pregnant, not having the desired number of children, or at worst not having the children they want at all.
Several studies show that both men and women lack knowledge of and underestimate the influence of age on fertility. Therefore, there is a need for preventive initiatives to respond to the age related fertility challenges and support women in the timing of maternity.
The aim of the PhD project is to elucidate the considerations of Danish women concerning the timing of motherhood, including studying which underlying considerations women have when they postpone maternity.
The project is a qualitative study based on participatory design, and in collaboration with women of the reproductive age, health professionals, technology developers and the research community the project will design and develop a technological solution. The solution will increase the knowledge of Danish women on fertility and reproduction, support women in the timing of maternity, and give them an opportunity to relate to and act on their own fertility.
The aim is to create a solution that is able to meet the age related fertility challenges of Danish women.
The project is carried out in collaboration with the Fertility Counselling at Copenhagen University Hospital and Professionshøjskolen Absalon.
The project is funded by the joint research funds between Copenhagen University Hospital and OUH.
Additional funding is provided by Region Zealand, The Danish Association of Midwives, the Aase and Ejner Danielsen Fund as well as the foundation “En god start i livet”.