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Table 4 Support mechanisms

From: Quality of life, coping strategies and support needs of women seeking Traditional Chinese Medicine for infertility and viable pregnancy in Australia: a mixed methods approach

Support mechanisms All women, n= 25
a) Emotional support Supportive Not supportive/non-disclosure
Husband 22 (88%) 3 (12%)
Family 18 (72%) 5 (20%)
Mother 7 3
Sister 4 -
Father - 1
Mother-in-law - 1
Close friends 22 (88%) 5 (12%)
Work colleagues 6 (24%) 2 (8%)
Pets 1 (4%) -
Counsellor at fertility clinic 1 (4%) 4 (16%)
Peer-led local support group 3 (12%) infertility support group 19 (76%) did not know any groups
Online discussion forums 5 (20%) 20 (80%) did not seek online forums
Professional-led support & peer-led support program 3 (12%) for stillbirth e.g. SIDS & Kids, Teddy Love Club, SANDS 22 (88%) did not know any local or national groups for infertility & early pregnancy loss
b) Instrumental support
TCM practitioner/naturopath (fertility awareness education, lifestyle advice) 25 (100%) incl. 17 who also attended Western fertility clinics beforehand
Books on natural fertility 5 (20%)
Online forums (unsolicited) 5 (20%)
GP referrals to TCM practitioner 1 (4%)  
  1 (4%) acupuncture as adjunct to IVF  
  1. GP, general practitioner, TCM, Traditional Chinese medicine, IVF, in vitro fertilization.