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Table 2 Main themes and sub-themes

From: Women’s experiences of disrespect and abuse in maternity care facilities in Benue State, Nigeria

Main themes Sub-themes
‘Normative’ practice Normal (mis)behaviour of healthcare providers
Common practice in health facilities
Endure abusive practices
Dehumanisation Degrading women
Lack of empathy
'No harm intended' Encouragement to “push”
Intended to save life
Intentions about the use of maternity services in future No choice – helplessness
Use different hospitals for childbirth
Use private hospital instead of public hospitals