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Table 3 Distribution of Birth Companionship variables, PQCC Study 2016

From: Companionship during facility-based childbirth: results from a mixed-methods study with recently delivered women and providers in Kenya

Birth Companionship Variables No. % No. % No. %
Accompanied from home to facility
 No 106 12.4     
 Yes 751 87.6     
Accompanied by
 Partner-Husband 251 29.3     
 Mother-in-law 236 27.5     
 Mother 100 11.7     
 Sister/Sister-in-law 164 19.1     
 Friend/Neighbor 112 13.1     
 Other a 74 8.7     
Companion stayed during Labor Delivery Post-delivery
 No 157 20.9 556 74 86 11.5
 Yes 588 78.3 192 25.6 661 88
 Don’t know 6 0.8 3 0.4 4 0.5
Companion allowed during Labor Delivery   
 No, never 162 18.9 524 61.1   
 Yes, a few times 103 12 72 8.4   
 Yes, most of the time 230 26.8 110 12.8   
 Yes, all the time 357 41.7 138 16.1   
Wanted Companion to stay during Labor Delivery Post-delivery
 No 138 18.4 476 63.4 48 6.4
 Yes 608 81 267 35.6 701 93.3
 Don’t know 5 0.7 8 1.1 2 0.3
Will want companion in future during Labor Delivery Post-delivery
 No 285 33.3 592 69.1 85 9.9
 Yes 560 65.3 254 29.6 761 88.8
 Don’t know 12 1.4 11 1.3 11 1.3
Preferred companion type in future during Labor Delivery Post-delivery
 Partner-Husband 188 21.9 49 5.7 370 43.2
 Mother in Law 234 27.3 119 13.9 362 42.2
 Mother 91 10.6 42 4.9 138 16.1
 Sister/Sister in law 165 19.3 63 7.4 244 28.5
 Friend/Neighbor 77 9 31 3.6 159 18.6
 Community Health Volunteer 4 0.5 4 0.5 8 0.9
 Nurse/Midwife 35 4.1 21 2.5 49 5.7
 Doctor 10 1.2 10 1.2 14 1.6
 Other 23 2.7 8 0.9 26 3
Acceptability of being denied a companion
 Unacceptable in all instances 722 84.2     
 Acceptable in certain instances 112 13.1     
 Acceptable in all instances 23 2.7     
Total 857 100 857 100 857 100
  1. aOther includes co-wives, grand-mother, community health volunteers, etc.