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As more children are born through assisted reproductive technologies, there’s some concern about their psychological health.

However, the research to date is reassuring. IVF children appear to develop psychologically, socially and emotionally at the same rate as naturally conceived children. They also don’t show any differences in the rate of cognitive, emotional or behavioural problems. 

On the other hand, parents who conceive through IVF may be more anxious and overprotective in the early stages of parenthood. Nevertheless this doesn’t appear to affect the bond children form with their parents and may simply reflect the special path they’ve taken from infertility to parenthood.