“A Child is as important as Life”: Reflections on the Value of Children from Infertile Couples

Iwelumor, Oluwakemi S. and Jamaludin, Shariffah Suraya Syed and George, Taye O. and Babatunde, Seun K. and Olonade, Olawale Y. (2020) “A Child is as important as Life”: Reflections on the Value of Children from Infertile Couples. Open Access Macedonian Journal of Medical Sciences, 8 (E). pp. 302-307. ISSN 1857-9655

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.3889/oamjms.2020.3752


This study examined the perceived value of children among infertile couples in Kwara South, Nigeria. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with seven infertile couples recruited through the snowball sampling technique. Data were organized using ATLAS.ti 8 and analyzed by thematic analysis. The study revealed that perceptions of the value of children are embedded in socio-cultural norms and are strongly linked to religion, patriarchy, and the need for family/marriage sustainability. Childbearing was perceived as the fulfilment of divine injunction; as such, children were regarded as divine. While women believed children are sources of fulfilment and balanced life, most men saw them as life itself. Boys are collectively thought to ensure lineage security and confer honour and prestige on men. A child is believed to give women a permanent seat in marriage. These insights on the values of children within the Nigerian cultural context can be inculcated in programs and services targeted at alleviating the effect of infertility on childless couples. Innovative cultural programs that will increase the worth of the girl child are also encouraged.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Infertility, Infertile couples, Value, Children, Marriage
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
Divisions: Faculty of Law, Arts and Social Sciences > School of Social Sciences
Date Deposited: 24 Jun 2021 13:05
Last Modified: 24 Jun 2021 13:05
URI: https://eprints.lmu.edu.ng/id/eprint/2946

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