Understanding Pregnancy in a Population of Inner-City Women in New Orleans—Results of Qualitative Research
Unintended pregnancy is defined as a pregnancy that is mistimed or unwanted, and this classification has been widely used in survey research. This chapter explores the utility of these constructs for women in New Orleans, LA. It examines sexual debut and history, contraceptive knowledge and use, abortion, pregnancy history, partner relations, and service use among seventy-seven women (seventy-three of whom were African-American) using a qualitative methodology. It provides insight into the cultural and social context in which these events and decisions take place, and explores the multiple dimensions that shape women's sexual behaviors and their desires for pregnancy. Many structural and individual factors affect women's preferences and ability to postpone a pregnancy or to use contraception.
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