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Women’s Perceptions of Care During Pregnancy and Birth

In an August 2012 survey, the large majority of women (85.4%) said they are somewhat to very satisfied with their care, yet most say they are not getting many of the services they want. For example, although most women (65%) would like guidance and information on birth control or family planning options after a previous birth, 87% of women did not discuss this with their provider. This lack of conversation can have serious health implications for women. Although 40.3% do not want an episiotomy during childbirth, in 2004 nearly 1 in 4 women underwent this procedure.

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