Pathways taken by childless women in pursuit of a baby: A qualitative study from Kerala, India
In this world, millions of people experience childlessness. According to the report of Demographic and Family Health Survey (2002), 186 million ever-married women of reproductive age group in developing countries were infertile. However, it is still not considered as a public health priority as the major focus is on overpopulation. It is considered as an ancillary issue to overpopulation. Motherhood is considered as a milestone for women in many societies, and failure to become a mother compels a woman to live a stigmatized life filled with guilt and grief. This is mainly attributed by the society in which she lives. To escape from this loneliness and stigmatized life, these women constantly tries out different treatment forms by risking her life.
The aim of this study is to explore the experiences of childlessness and perception of its causes that influence the treatment pathways sought by childless women in Kerala, India. Moreover, we aim to map the available infertility treatment services in the public and private sector in the area
This is a masters degree project under the Program, Master in International Community Health
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