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The New Parents Study

Are you planning a new family? 

Have you recently had a child through assisted reproduction?

More and more people are having children with the help of assistive reproduction technologies (ART). These families are not sufficiently represented in research into family development. For policy to reflect reality more research needs to include families assisted through ARTs. 

Here at the University of Cambridge we are interested in the journeys new families (PARENTS WITH THEIR FIRST CHILD) take during the baby’s first year of life.

We are inviting gay, lesbian and heterosexual couples based in the UK, France or the Netherlands, who used donor insemination (DI), IVF or surrogacy to conceive their child to take part in the New Parents Study.

Information about taking part is contained within this leaflet. If you have any further questions, please contact us at, call on +44(0)1223 767 807 or click here to request more information.

For a parent's perspective on why they wanted to be part of the New Parents Study, and what it was like to participate, please see the video on this page. 

As part of National Science & Engineering Week, we will be holding an event "What Makes A Family" where we will explore how diverse families are today, and the great strides we are making in furthering understanding of family development thanks to families participating in the work we do. For more information on this event, which is being held here in Cambridge on the 20th of March at 16:00-18:00 please click here

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New Parents Study Video

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