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Table 1 Baseline maternal, obstetric and service characteristics

From: Revising acute care systems and processes to improve breastfeeding and maternal postnatal health: a pre and post intervention study in one English maternity unit

Maternal, obstetric and service characteristics Pre intervention (N = 741) Post intervention (N = 725)
Age 30.51 (SD 5.62) 30.70 (SD 5.46)
Parity 1.66 (SD .85) 1.67 (SD .86)
White European 603 (81.3%) 603 (83.2%)
Mode of birth
Spontaneous vaginal 390 (52.6%) 382 (52.7%)
Instrumental 141 (19.0%) 90 (12.4%)
Caesarean section 209 (28.2%) 241 (33.2%)
Length of Stay (days) 2.24 (SD 5.18) 2.40 (SD 5.22)
Number of midwifery contacts at home (at 10 days) 2.84 (SD 1.29) 2.84 (SD 1.18)
Number of midwives seen at home (at 10 days)
1 153 (20.6%) 135 (18.6%)
2 266 (35.9%) 298 (41.1%)
3 214 (28.9%) 184 (25.4%)
4 85 (11.5%) 57 (7.9%)
4 or more None 16 (2.2%)
Help available for breastfeeding in hospital
Yes I was able to get all the help I needed, when I needed it 358 (48.3%) 353 (48.7%)
I got some help sometimes, when needed, but not others 145 (19.6%) 148 (20.4%)
I did not get the help I needed 58 (7.8%) 57 (7.9%)
I didn’t really need help 144 (19.4%) 154 (21.2%)
Not answered 36 (6.7%) 13 (1.8%)
Help available for breastfeeding at home
Yes I was able to get all the help I needed, when I needed it 311 (42.0%) 300 (41.4%)
I got some help sometimes, when needed, but not others 101 (13.6%) 83 (11.4%)
I did not get the help I needed 34 (4.6%) 37 (5.1%)
I didn’t really need help 201 (27.1%) 207 (28.6%)
Not answered 94 (12.7%) 98 (13.5%)