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Unintended pregnancy and prenatal care: a study from a maternity hospital in Turkey.
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PMID:  20809676     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Process    
OBJECTIVES: To evaluate factors associated with pregnancy intention and its effects on source, content and adequacy of prenatal care for women who delivered in a large maternity hospital in Izmir, Turkey.
METHODS: This cross-sectional survey was carried out using a questionnaire administered face-to-face to 351 women who had given birth in Konak Maternity Hospital in May 2002.
RESULTS: Nearly half (47.3%) of the pregnancies were unintended: 31.3% were mistimed, and 16.0% unwanted. Women's and husbands' older age and lower education, lower social class, women's recent migration to Izmir, lower household income and absence of social security had a negative impact on pregnancy intention. Women with unwanted pregnancies had started procreating earlier; they had more pregnancies, deliveries, children and intentional abortions (p < 0.05). Number and contents of prenatal visits increased as intention status improved. When controlled for socio-demographic variables, women with unwanted pregnancies had less prenatal care, received less education during prenatal visits and had less iron and vitamin supplementation (p < 0.05) whereas mistimed pregnancies did not significantly differ from intended pregnancies.
CONCLUSION: Unwanted pregnancies constitute a risk group that should be identified early in pregnancy. Ensuring an adequate and satisfactory prenatal care for all requires appropriate measures to be taken by public health authorities.
Nermin Erol; Raika Durusoy; Işıl Ergin; Banu Döner; Meltem Ciçeklioğlu
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The European journal of contraception & reproductive health care : the official journal of the European Society of Contraception     Volume:  15     ISSN:  1473-0782     ISO Abbreviation:  Eur J Contracept Reprod Health Care     Publication Date:  2010 Aug 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2010-09-02     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9712127     Medline TA:  Eur J Contracept Reprod Health Care     Country:  England    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  290-300     Citation Subset:  IM    
Aydin Provincial Health Directorate, Aydin, Turkey.
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