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[Decision-making concerning unintended pregnancies: experiences of women and men, and insights from healthcare providers].

OBJECTIVE: To gain insight into experiences of women and men who have experienced an unintended pregnancy, along with the perspectives of healthcare providers offering decision-making counseling/consultations concerning an unintended pregnancy or abortion.

DESIGN: Semi-structured interviews and focus groups.

METHODS: Twenty-five interviews were held with women and men whom experienced an unintended pregnancy, while nineteen healthcare providers participated in four focus groups (May-July 2021).

RESULTS: In addition to partners or other family members, healthcare providers also play a significant role in supporting decision-making. Awareness of decision-making counseling was limited among interviewees, a view shared by the participating providers. Both groups highlighted deficiencies in follow-up care post-abortion or unintended pregnancy, as well as the perceived taboo surrounding unintended pregnancies and abortion.

CONCLUSION: Decision-making counseling deserves more awareness among the public and healthcare providers. There is also room for improvement regarding follow-up care. Sustained attention to unintended pregnancies and abortions is necessary to reduce the prevailing taboo.

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