Determinants of unintended pregnancy among currently pregnant women attending the maternity teaching hospital in Erbil city

Proceedings of the Third International Conference of the College of Medicine, Hawler Medical University

Determinants of unintended pregnancy among currently pregnant women attending the maternity teaching hospital in Erbil city

Haitham Issa Bahoo, College of Medicine Hawler Medical University, Erbil, Iraq

Lara Samuel Oshana, Nineva Directorate of Health

DOI: 10.15218/com.03.09

Published: 21 Jan 2019

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Background and objective: Unintended pregnancy is considered as a health problem that may carry serious consequences for women and their families. This study was carried out to determine prevalence, socio-demographic and obstetric variables of unintended pregnancy

Methods: This was a hospital based cross-sectional study on 300 pregnant ladies conducted at the outpatient obstetric clinic of Erbil maternity teaching hospital. The study was carried out between 1st of January to 31st of December 2016. A semi-structured questionnaire was used to obtain information on socio-demographic characteristics, obstetric variables and information specific for current pregnancy. SPSS version (19) was used for data analysis

Results: Statistical analysis revealed that the prevalence of unintended pregnancies was 30%. Increasing age, illiterate educational status and increasing parity were significantly associated with unintended pregnancies. Binary logistic regression revealed that the probability of unintended pregnancies was significantly higher among the multiparous women (OR = 30.8, C.I =3.9-243.9), and grand multiparous women (OR = 134.5, C.I =14-1280) compared with the nulliparous women.

Conclusion: The prevalence of unintended pregnancies among currently pregnant women was relatively low in comparison with some other studies in developing and developed countries. Public health effort should be directed at improve knowledge and increase access to various contraception methods.

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