Reproduction Research Group
The Reproduction Research Group at De Montfort University is a vibrant, multi-disciplinary research group based in the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences. The group has representation from sociology, anthropology, psychology, nursing and midwifery and health policy.
What makes our group unique and exciting is the diverse character of our membership and our interdisciplinary approach to researching current issues in human reproduction.
Our research focuses on the social study of on a number of cutting-edge themes:
- Cross-border reproductive travel
- Egg and mitochondrial donation
- Egg freezing
- Age and reproductive timing
- Genetic disorders and reproductive technologies
- Health, pregnancy and childbirth
- Men, infertilities, technologies and fatherhood
- Socio-psychological aspects of endometriosis
- Gay and lesbian parenthood
- Ethnicity, religion and assisted conception
- Midwifery and the management of labour
Research funding sources include the Economic and Social Research Council, National Institute for Health Research, Foundation for Sociology of Health and Illness and the charitable sector.
We meet every two weeks for seminars, reading groups and business meetings. To find out more about our meetings contact Reproduction Research Group lead Dr Nicky Hudson
The Reproduction Research Group
Most projects have a strong applied focus, designed to impact policy, service delivery and quality of carein reproductive health and the education of healthcare professionals. Many of these projects involve representatives from practice, policy and patient and user organisations.
The Reproduction Research Group has links and works collaboratively with several other academic research groups and centres nationally and internationally. We also collaborate with colleagues across De Montfort University including the Health Policy Research Unit, Nursing and Midwifery Research Centre and the Mary Seacole Research Centre.
The group also offers consultancy services in the field of reproduction. Read more about our consultancy work here.
RC33 Conference 2016
Kristine Fearon’s poster ‘Reproductive decision making in women with Turner Syndrome’ won the poster competition at the International Sociological Association’s Research Committee on Logic and Methodology (RC33) 9th International Conference on Social Science Methodology, University of Leicester, Leicester, UK, 11-16 September 2016.
Reproduction Research Group study on social egg freezing featured at this year's British Science Festival
On Wednesday September 7th, Kylie Baldwin joined a panel of leading commentators for a discussion about the practice of egg freezing at the British Science Festival at Swansea University.
Sharing insights gained from her research into women’s experiences of egg freezing, alongside a number of other invited panellists, Kylie contributed to the discussions around the practice of social egg freezing, considering the effectiveness of the technology and debating what role it may play in helping women and men plan for parenthood.
Media coverage of Kylie’s work has appeared in The Guardian, The Telegraph, BBC Radio 4, BBC World, The Times, The Independent, Marie Claire and The Pool.