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Table 1 Results of the prioritizing task for two samples: women who recently gave birth and professionals

From: A comprehensive representation of the birth-experience: identification and prioritization of birth-specific domains based on a mixed-method design

   Women who gave birth (N = 96) Professionals (N = 89)
   Step 1 (relevance score) Step 2 (selection of top 7) Step 3 (ranking of top 7) Step 1 (relevance score) Step 2 (selection of top 7) Step 3 (ranking of top 7)
Domains n (%) n (%) m (SD) n (%) n (%) m (SD)
* 1 Competence of health professionals 93 (97) 72 (75) 5.46 (1.4) 75 (84) 52 (58) 5.00 (1.9)
* 2 Treatment by health professionals 90 (94) 24 (25) 3.29 (1.6) 81 (91) 38 (43) 4.16 (2.0)
3 Support of partner by health professionals 41 (43) 4 (4) 2.75 (2.1) 47 (53) 0 (0) - -
4 Active involvement of partner by health professionals 53 (55) 4 (4) 1.75 (0.5) 43 (48) 5 (6) 4.00 (1.4)
* 5 Provision of clear information by health professionals 87 (91) 45 (47) 3.40 (1.7) 85 (96) 35 (39) 3.94 (1.7)
6 Involvement of parents in decision making 75 (78) 22 (23) 3.55 (1.8) 75 (84) 34 (38) 3.76 (1.9)
7 Health professionals consider wishes of parents 71 (74) 15 (16) 3.00 (1.5) 65 (73) 24 (27) 3.21 (1.8)
8 Health professionals consider specifics concerning the pregnancy or previous labor experiences of the women 70 (73) 15 (16) 2.87 (2.2) 80 (90) 10 (11) 3.20 (1.5)
* 9 Support of the mother by health professionals 84 (88) 26 (27) 4.08 (1.7) 79 (89) 15 (17) 3.73 (1.9)
*10 Availability of health professionals when needed by the mother 77 (80) 19 (20) 4.16 (1.8) 72 (81) 25 (28) 3.60 (1.6)
11 Feeling at ease with the health professionals 65 (68) 15 (16) 2.60 (1.7) 57 (64) 9 (10) 3.00 (1.7)
*12 Transfer between medical staff 75 (78) 19 (20) 3.11 (2.0) 76 (85) 37 (42) 3.14 (1.9)
*13 Support of the mother by her partner 74 (77) 21 (22) 3.62 (1.7) 39 (44) 4 (5) 4.75 (1.5)
14 Preparation of the mother for labor 41 (43) 5 (5) 4.00 (2.4) 31 (35) 9 (10) 3.67 (2.6)
*15 Self-confidence of the mother 64 (67) 14 (15) 4.71 (2.0) 66 (74) 26 (29) 5.15 (1.8)
16 Feelings of control of the mother over the situation 50 (52) 15 (16) 3.93 (1.6) 54 (61) 23 (26) 4.13 (2.0)
*17 Trust of the mother in a good course of labor 78 (81) 28 (29) 2.71 (1.5) 67 (75) 22 (25) 4.55 (1.7)
18 Fear of the mother during labor 47 (49) 14 (15) 3.00 (2.3) 71 (80) 25 (28) 4.28 (1.6)
*19 Stress of the mother during labor 42 (44) 3 (3) 2.00 (1.7) 42 (47) 4 (5) 4.50 (1.3)
*20 Feelings of safety of the mother during labor 70 (73) 38 (40) 3.58 (1.7) 73 (82) 50 (56) 4.42 (1.9)
21 Place of birth 30 (31) 3 (3) 3.33 (2.3) 36 (40) 4 (5) 3.50 (1.9)
22 Transfer during labor 17 (18) 1 (1) 1.00 (-) 20 (23) 2 (2) 1.00 (0.0)
23 Atmosphere at the place of labor 38 (40) 10 (10) 1.80 (1.8) 52 (58) 9 (10) 2.56 (1.6)
24 Method of birth 60 (63) 7 (7) 3.29 (1.3) 50 (56) 9 (10) 3.11 (2.1)
25 Medical interventions during labor 46 (48) 16 (17) 2.75 (1.7) 45 (51) 9 (10) 2.56 (1.4)
26 Freedom of movement during labor 34 (35) 6 (6) 3.00 (2.2) 53 (60) 13 (15) 2.46 (1.5)
27 Pain perception 58 (60) 9 (9) 3.44 (1.6) 57 (64) 12 (14) 3.00 (1.8)
28 Pain relief 52 (54) 23 (24) 3.13 (1.9) 47 (53) 7 (8) 1.43 (0.8)
29 Physical strain 34 (35) 1 (1) 4.00 (-) 28 (32) 1 (1) 2.00 -
*30 Worries concerning the child’s health during and right after labor 96 (100) 79 (82) 5.95 (1.7) 79 (89) 41 (46) 5.22 (1.7)
*31 Worries about the health of the mother during and right after labor 78 (81) 40 (42) 4.75 (1.7) 65 (73) 28 (32) 5.75 (1.8)
32 Duration of labor 31 (32) 4 (4) 4.00 (2.9) 19 (21) 1 (1) 4.00 -
*33 Duration until first contact with the child 82 (85) 51 (53) 4.16 (1.6) 73 (82) 27 (30) 3.26 (2.2)
34 Comply with expectations 27 (28) 4 4 1.50 (0.6) 36 (40) 13 (15) 2.00 (1.7)
  1. Ranking scores range from 1-7, with 7 = most relevant and 1 = least relevant.
  2. Bold text: Step 2: seven domains with the highest proportion being selected in the top 7; step 3: seven domains with the highest mean ranking score.
  3. *14 domains selected as the most relevant based on both samples.