Professor Olga van den Akker and Dr Satvinder Purewal have been awarded a British Academy grant to carry out a systematic review and meta analysis of the psychosocial consequences of twins and multiple births following medically assisted reproduction.
Medically Assisted Reproduction (MAR) is used by 48,147 women annually, is increasing yearly and mothers of MAR twins/multiples report greater psychosocial problems compared to mothers with singletons. The psychosocial and medical risks associated with twins and multiple births are known in research, practice and policy as being the greatest risk of MAR to the health and wellbeing of the mother and infant. The aims of this project are to conduct an updated systematic review and carry out the first comprehensive meta analysis of the psychosocial consequences of MAR twins/multiple births and compare maternal psychological distress of MAR twins/multiples versus naturally conceived twins/multiples and MAR twins/multiples versus MAR singletons.
The team expect to start advertising for an RA in the next few months.