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Understanding the Communication Patterns between IVF Patients and Peers

Are you a first-time or recurring IVF patient?

Do you rely on an individual, peer-based relationship for support through your journey? In other words do you have an “IVF friend” or an “IVF sister” whom you turn to meet your various needs?

I am a patient advocate for infertility patients who is researching patient/peer social support as part of my doctoral work in Population Health at the University of Ottawa. This project has received approval from UOttawa’s Ethics Board.

I am interested in the communication process between women who have the IVF experience in common.

This study offers unique benefits to IVF patients. Through this work I hope to advocate for more women to rely on each other for much needed support. After the interviews, a few months from now, there will be an opportunity for participants to attend a community-building fertility social that will include dinner and a guest speaker.

If you are interested in sitting down with me for a friendly one-hour interview please send me a message by email that includes your contact information. By all means feel free to call me if prefer! I will follow-up with more details.

I can be reached at:

Natalie Dimitra Montgomery natalie.montgomery@uottawa.ca

613. 898. 3605

I look forward to hearing from you!

In the spirit,

Natalie