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Table 2 Participant characteristics of the prioritizing task

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

Sample of women who recently gave birth (n = 96)   
Demographic characteristics   
Age in years (mean, (SD)) 32.7 (3.9)
Marital status (n, (%))   
 Married/living together with partner 95 (99)
 In a relationship (not living together) 1 (1)
Ethnical background (n, (%))   
 Dutch 82 (86.3)
 Second-generation immigrants 6 (6.3)
 First-generation immigrants 7 (7.4)
Highest level of education (n, (%))   
 Primary school 0 (0)
 Secondary school 5 (5.2)
 Vocational education 9 (9.4)
 Higher level education 32 (33.3)
 University 7 (52.1)
Employment status (n, (%))   
 Employed or self-employed 87 (90.6)
 Housekeeping 3 (3.1)
 Student 1 (1)
 Volunteer work 1 (1)
 Unemployed 4 (4.2)
Obstetrical history and characteristics   
History of terminated pregnancy, miscarriage, or extra-uterine pregnancy (n, (%)) 4 (0.4)
Parity (n, (%))   
 Primipara 52 (54.2)
Age of baby at time of filling out questionnaire (in weeks) (mean, (SD)) 8.8 (5.3)
Gestational age of newborn (in weeks) (mean, (SD)) 39.7 (1.64)
Type of pregnancy (n, (%))   
 Singleton 94 (97.9)
Place of birth (n, (%))   
 Home led by midwife from primary-care practice 11 (11.5)
 Birth center led by midwife from primary-care practice 1 (1)
 Hospital led by midwife from primary-care practice 11 (11.5)
 Hospital led by secondary-care midwife 24 (25)
 Hospital led by obstetrician 49 (51)
Onset of labor (n, (%))   
 Spontaneous 67 (69.8)
 Induced 29 (30.2)
Mode of birth (n, (%))   
 Vaginal 65 (67.7)
 Instrumental vaginal (e.g., ventouse or forceps) 12 (12.5)
 Planned caesarean section 2 (2.1)
 Emergency caesarean section 17 (17.7)
Use of pain medication during labor (n, (%))   
 No 50 (52.1)
 Yes, epidural 29 (30.2)
 Yes, other than epidural 17 (17.7)
Labor complications concerning the child (n, (%)) 23 (24)
Labor complications concerning the mother (n, (%)) 28 (29.1)
Sample of professionals (n = 89)   
Age (mean, (SD)) 39.5 (10.2)
Gender   
 Female (n, (%)) 85 (95.5)
Occupation (several answers possible)   
 Midwife in practice 41 (46.1)
 Midwife in hospital 9 (10.1)
 Obstetrician in training 9 (10.1)
 Obstetrician 7 (7.9)
 Researcher 14 (15.7)
 Teacher 3 (3.4)
 Other 5 (5.6)
Work experience (in years) (mean, (SD)) 13.1 (9.5)