Current Projects


Queer Pregnancy Decision-making 

Understanding fertility decisions among coupled sexual minority women as they try to conceive.

QPyD is a qualitative study of coupled sexual minority women (i.e. lesbian, bisexual, and other queer identified cisfemales) as they plan their families using assisted reproductive interventions. Couples were recruited from around the United States to take part in individual and joint interviews. Both gestational and non-gestational partners were individually interviewed. Then couples were interviewed together about their experiences of trying to conceive with healthcare provider assistance.

Additionally, QPyD used a novel co-constructed relationship timeline method that focused on family planning to anchor participants in their couple identities.



  • Qualitative description of fertility decisions from the individual perspectives of both gestational and non-gestational partners as they try to conceive with healthcare assisted reproductive technologies like intrauterine insemination, in vitro fertilization, and reciprocal in vitro fertilization, and the diagnostic testing sometimes included in these approaches.

  • To qualitatively examine fertility timelines as co-constructed by SMW couples.

  • To better understand healthcare decision-making in the fertility and family planning contexts among cis-females same-sex couples.