Recently Amy Speier, Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the University of Texas at Arlington, contacted us about a new research study she is doing about traveling for fertility treatments. Below we’ve included a letter she has written asking parents to participate in this study. Learning more about individual experiences with infertility can help many people who are currently struggling. Read below to learn more.
From Amy Speier:
I would love to speak with you about your experiences traveling for fertility treatment. I would like to know how you found out about reproductive travel, how you came to make the decision to travel abroad for treatment, and also about your successes and struggles throughout the process.
I have spent nearly the past decade meeting with people who have tried desperately to have a child, speaking with them as they undergo fertility treatment in a country other than their own. My recent book Fertility Holidays documents the experiences of North Americans who traveled to the Czech Republic for IVF using an egg donor.
Ultimately, I am conducting a research study that will document what you and others like you are going through in your quest for a family. However, your identity will be protected and your privacy respected. I would love to speak with you about your experiences when it is most convenient for you. You can expect to have a conversation with me, either in person or via Skype–whichever you prefer.
Given the global nature of creating families today and the growing numbers of hopeful parents who must leave their home countries to create a family via reproductive medicine, I think your stories and experiences must be understood and shared so that others may have information when embarking on similar journeys.