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Table 3 Characteristics of women in regional cohorts of Australia and Sweden at 18 -20 weeks gestation

From: The influence of women’s fear, attitudes and beliefs of childbirth on mode and experience of birth

  Australia Sweden X2 DF  p 
n = 123 n = 386
n (%) n (%)
Age    0.53 2 0.8
<25 years 24 (19.4) 66 (17.1)    
25-35 years 85 (68.5) 270 (69.9)    
>35 years 15 (12.1) 50 (13.0)    
Married or cohabiting 116 (95.9) 376 (97.7) 1.2 1 0.30
Not living with a partner 5 (4.2) 9 (2.3)
Education    1.5 1 0.29
Elementary school/high school 61 (51.7) 173 (46.3)    
College/university 57 (48.3) 201 (53.7)    
Previous Infertility >1 year prior to pregnancy 17 (13.9) 42 (11) 0.79 1 0.37
Primiparas 46 (37.1) 168 (43.5) 1.28 1 0.25
Multiparas 76 (62.3) 218 (56.5)    
Previous Mode of Childbirth (Multiparous)
Vaginal Birth (one or more) 47 (44.6) 172 (36.9) 2.2 1 0.11
Instrumental Vaginal (one or more) 3 (2.5) 39 (10.1) 7.14 1 0.008
Elective caesarean section (one or more) 14 (11.5) 19 (4.9) 6.5 1 0.01
Emergency caesarean section (one or more) 24 (19.7) 26 (6.7) 17.48 1 <0.001