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Table 1 Demographic variables and satisfaction with care during pregnancy, birth and the first week of the baby’s life

From: Gaining insight into how women conceptualize satisfaction: Western Australian women’s perception of their maternity care experiences

Outcome Spontaneous birth Assisted birth Caesarean birth P Value Total
n = 195 n = 59 n = 145 n = 399
n (%) n (%) n (%) n (%)
Age (years)
  ≤ 24 years 27 (14) 2 (3) 6 (4) 0.014 35 (9)
 25–34 120 (61) 42 (71) 99 (68) 261 (65)
  ≥ 35 48 (25) 15 (25) 40 (28) 103 (26)
Parity
 Primiparous 72 (37) 45 (76) 69 (48) <0.001 186 (47)
 Multiparous 123 (63) 14 (24) 76 (52) 213 (53)
During pregnancy
 Important to have care same midwife 98 (53) 28 (48) 77 (55) 0.715 203 (53)
 Received care from same midwife 50 (27) 14 (25) 43 (31) 0.609 107 (28)
 Important to have care same obstetrician 55 (35) 15 (29) 37 (27) 0.338 107 (31)
 Received care from same obstetrician 102 (61) 33 (63) 99 (72) 0.159 234 (66)
 Agreed care in pregnancy met needs 175 (92) 55 (93) 126 (88) 0.324 356 (90)
The birth experience
 Felt involved with birth 173 (91) 49 (83) 114 (81) 0.020 336 (87)
Felt received midwifery support 160 (83) 48 (83) 91 (63) <0.001 299 (76)
 Felt received obstetric support 17 (9) 24 (41) 52 (36) <0.001 93 (23)
First week of baby’s life
 Felt received care from midwife 156 (80) 53 (90) 125 (87) 0.121 334 (84)
 Felt received care from obstetrician 33 (17) 19 (32) 52 (36) <0.001 104 (26)
 Recommend King Edward Memorial Hospital to family and friends 189 (97) 54 (92) 141 (97) 0.833 384 (96)
  1. Variables did not always add up to n = 399 due to missing values for some responses
  2. Of the n = 145 women having a caesarean birth n = 80 (55 %) had an elective caesarean and n = 65 (45 %) had an emergency caesarean