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Social issues around advanced unwanted pregnancies in rural single women.
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PMID:  19835504     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
This study covers issues on advanced unwanted pregnancies in rural single women in South-east Asia, with reference to age, education, occupation, person responsible (i.e. baby's father) and reasons for delay in seeking assistance. It describes single women with pregnancy beyond the time for abortion, as set by the Indian abortion law. The study involved 314 girls/women and was set in the Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Medical Sciences, Sevagram, India. The girls/women were admitted, provided with free facilities and had their babies looked after by hospital staff until given up for adoption, or otherwise. The outcomes of the study showed that most individuals (71.01%) were rural, less-literate, working girls. In 94.26% of cases, the baby's father was known; 24 (7.64%) reported rape (13 by a known person). A total of 66 individuals (21.02%) did not inform their parents about the pregnancy for up to 5 months. Five (1.59%) went to unqualified medical practitioners and 16.56% to private practitioners who did not give their services. A total of 47 (14.96%) had waited for the person responsible for their pregnancy before seeking assistance. There was a total of 315 babies born to 310 mothers (five twins); four absconded undelivered; 13 absconded after delivery (two with their babies, 11 leaving babies). The study found that pregnancies were often caused by rape and girls/women with no knowledge of abortion laws, shyness, fear, lack of desired privacy, lack of resources, misleading management at periphery all went beyond 20 weeks. Mostly, the babies were not accepted--the girls married the babies' fathers, but left their babies. Emergency contraception for unprotected sexual intercourse is essential.
S Chhabra; S Palaparthy; S Mishra
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of obstetrics and gynaecology : the journal of the Institute of Obstetrics and Gynaecology     Volume:  29     ISSN:  1364-6893     ISO Abbreviation:  J Obstet Gynaecol     Publication Date:  2009 May 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2009-10-19     Completed Date:  2010-01-07     Revised Date:  2013-05-20    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8309140     Medline TA:  J Obstet Gynaecol     Country:  England    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  333-6     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Medical Sciences, Wardha, Maharashtra, India.
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MeSH Terms
Adoption / ethnology
Child, Abandoned / statistics & numerical data
Family Characteristics / ethnology
Illegitimacy / statistics & numerical data*
Illness Behavior
India / epidemiology
Pregnancy Outcome / ethnology
Pregnancy, Unwanted / ethnology*
Rape / statistics & numerical data
Rural Population / statistics & numerical data*
Social Values / ethnology*
Young Adult

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