Honors Theses and Capstones

Date of Award

Spring 2024

Project Type

Senior Honors Thesis

College or School



Department of Nursing

Program or Major


Degree Name

Bachelor of Science

First Advisor

Alyssa O'Brien


In the world, many people cannot naturally conceive children. They may be infertile, lack an intimate partner, or be in a same-sex relationship. Artificial reproductive technologies (ARTs) are catered to the aforementioned population. ARTs are fertility treatments that assist people with the fertilization of gametes and/or implantation of embryos. One of the most popular ARTs is in-vitro fertilization (IVF). IVF is a medical procedure in which an egg is fertilized by sperm in a lab so it can develop into an embryo. That embryo can then be implanted directly into the uterus. This quality improvement project aims to determine the inclusivity of IVF clinics in the Northeastern Region of the United States based on their digital space. The population of the study is fertility clinics in the states of Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania that offer IVF fertility treatment and have a website for patients. Each IVF clinic’s website will be evaluated to measure how inclusive it is of LGBT patients.