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Psicologia Clínica

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SCHNEIDER, Ivana Elia  and  DONELLI, Tagma Marina Schneider. Pregnant women's maternal representations about the baby conceived by egg donation. Psicol. clin. [online]. 2019, vol.31, n.3, pp. 439-460. ISSN 0103-5665.

This study had the goal of investigating pregnant women's maternal representations about the baby conceived by egg donation. A qualitative-exploratory research was conducted, with a multicase study design. Three pregnant women aged between 44 and 45 years took part, who filled a sociodemographic and clinical data sheet, answered the IRMAG interview and were interviewed about assisted reproduction; field notes were also used. The data was analyzed along two thematic axes, one based on elements of objective reality, and the other on elements of subjective reality, approaching egg donation transversely. The results highlight the expectations around the physical characteristics of the child to be born, pointing out genetics, and the expectations about the baby's physical health related to the donor. Revealing to the children their genetic origin was not considered relevant by the pregnant women at this moment. The representations are common to natural pregnancies and the donor was present in the representations about the baby.

Keywords : maternal representations; pregnancy; egg donation; baby.

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