We are going to try something a little different to help us learn about the process of IVF, and the ethical considerations that go along with it. Here’s the situation:
A couple have been trying to conceive for over 3 years. They have had 2 miscarriages. They are considering IVF as their next step. The man is really keen to go ahead with it, but his wife is skeptical. They have an appointment with a doctor who is a specialist in the area of fertility and IVF.
What to do:
- Get into groups of 3.
- Each person will have their own role to play – decide who is going to be the doctor, who is going to be the woman and who is going to be the husband.
- The doctor must become knowledgeable about the process of IVF, so that s/he can explain it to the couple and answer any questions they may have.
- The woman must be ready to listen, but also have a well thought out list of concerns about the negative aspects of this treatment and the ethical considerations she is worried about.
- The husband must have his arguments ready as to why he thinks the treatment would be a good next step for them, and address any of his wife’s concerns.
- Spend about 30-40 mins researching your role.
- Role play the interview between the doctor and the couple.
- Reflect on the process – what difficulties did you find? Is there a “right” answer to this problem? Include your thoughts in a comment on this post.