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Table 4 Women's decision making and process pre TOP

From: Ladies in waiting: the timeliness of first trimester services in New Zealand

  Percentages N
Abortion decision   
   Before or as soon as they thought they were pregnant 37.0 1082
   As soon as they had a positive pregnancy test 29.3  
   Sometime after they had a positive pregnancy test 33.6  
Number of consultations with referring doctor   
   1 35.3 1068
   2 47.7  
   3 13.6  
   4 or more 6.5  
Reason for going multiple doctor consultations   
   GP asked 81.1 671
   I decided to go more than once 18.9  
Patient had to reschedule or change appointment due to personal circumstances 14.8 1069
Social worker seen for counselling   
   Yes - I had to 50.7 1079
   Yes-I wanted to 14.1  
   No-I did not want to 28.6  
   No-I was not offered 3.1  
   Not yet 3.5  
Patient feels that have had enough counselling support   
   Yes 95.4 1033
   No 4.6  
Difficulty finding childcare   
   Not difficult 37.9 602
   A bit difficult 22.7  
   Moderately difficult 27.4  
   Very difficult 12.0  
Difficulty taking time off from school/work   
   Not difficult 29.4 841
   A bit difficult 27.9  
   Moderately difficult 31.0  
   Very difficult 11.7  
Difficulty keeping appointments confidential   
   Not difficult 20.8 946
   A bit difficult 22.4  
   Moderately difficult 35.6  
   Very difficult 21.1  
The time it took to organise the abortion was:   
   Too long - I wanted an abortion sooner 37.9 1069
   Too long - but I didn't mind waiting 15.1  
   Just right 39.6  
   Quicker than I wanted 2.9  
   Other 2.0  
   I still don't know when I'm having the abortion 2.6