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The miracle of fertilisation - life begins

It is important for midwives to understand fertilisation in order to consider: the impact on events in pregnancy; causes of infertility and failed pregnancy; measures to promote fertility such as in vitro fertilisation (IVF), amongst many other scientific developments; and finally in terms of preventing fertility (contraception). Whilst this article largely considers the anatomical and physiological aspects, it is also important to acknowledge the considerable legal and ethical debates surrounding fertilisation, such as consideration of when life actually begins and the arguments for and against scientific and medical intervention in conception.
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Conception, implantation and placentation

The aim of the menstrual cycle is to mature and release an ovum ready for conception, and prepare the uterine lining for conception and implantation. When an ovum is released from the ovary, it travels toward the uterus ready for fertilisation. Each ovum contains only 23 chromosomes and, for successful conception and pregnancy to occur, the nucleus of the ovum must fuse with the nucleus of a sperm which will provide the further 23 chromosomes required to create a human fetus. The fertilised ovum must then reach the uterus, implant and undergo distinct changes in order to successfully create the fetus and placenta.Read more

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