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Women's health and their childbearing expectations and outcomes: a population-based survey from Victoria, Australia

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posted on 2011-09-01, 00:00 authored by Sara HoltonSara Holton, H Rowe, J Fisher
CONTEXT: Financial and employment concerns are commonly regarded as the most important factors determining Australian women's childbearing. However, little is known about the relationship between women's health and their childbearing. METHODS: We investigated the relationship between health and childbearing expectations and outcomes in a population-based sample of women living in Victoria, one Australian state (n = 569), recruited from the Australian Electoral Roll in 2005. Participants completed a self-administered, anonymous questionnaire. MAIN FINDINGS: Health problems were identified by many participants as a salient factor in their childbearing, and were often an obstacle that prevented them from achieving their ideal childbearing outcomes. CONCLUSION: The results challenge the prevailing view that women's childbearing is mostly voluntary, and primarily based on financial considerations or career ambitions. To assist women in achieving their childbearing preferences, appropriate health care and policies are required.

History

Journal

Women's health issues

Volume

21

Pagination

366-373

Location

Amsterdam, The Netherlands

ISSN

1049-3867

eISSN

1878-4321

Language

eng

Publication classification

C Journal article, C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

Copyright notice

2011, the Jacobs Institute of Women’s Health

Issue

5

Publisher

Elsevier