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Fertility Clinics in Denmark Directed by Midwives: Practices that are Pushing Boundaries

In this project I ask questions about healthcare professions and social change. My focus is primarily on midwives who run, and work at, private fertility clinics in Denmark. In 1997 a new law prescribed that fertility physicians could only treat heterosexual couples. However, midwives were not regulated by this law, and this opened up a new field. Midwives set up clinics offering inseminations for persons who did not live in heterosexual couples, and who did not have access to fertility treatments in public healthcare or at private fertility clinics run by physicians. In 2007 the law was changed and it became legal for physicians to treat persons who did not live in heterosexual couples. This has in turn opened up further possibilities for private fertility clinics directed by midwives to extend their businesses to include IVF, since they have been able to employ physicians to do this work. I’m interested in how the midwives describe their driving forces in their work, how they conceptualise working in a commercial field and how they regard governmental regulation and control of fertility treatments.

Project leader: Elin Lundsten
Project duration: 2014–2018
Funding: The Faculty of Arts

Contact Information

Elin Lundsten

PO Box 200, 405 30 Gothenburg, Sweden

Visiting Address:
Vera Sandbergs Allé 8, room 2236B

+46-(0)31-786 6166

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