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Table 2 Characteristics of women and infants by ethnicity

From: Experiencing maternity care: the care received and perceptions of women from different ethnic groups

Characteristics White Mixed Indian Pakistani Bangladeshi Black Caribbean Black African Other ethnicity Total
  (n = 20633) (n = 319) (n = 584) (n = 596) (n = 163) (n = 162) (n = 659) (n = 1203) (24319)
Age group n (%) n (%) n (%) n (%) n (%) n (%) n (%) n (%) n (%)
  16-19 485 (2.4) 9 (2.8) 0 (0) 8 (1.3) 0 (0) 2 (1.2) 7 (1.1) 11 (0.9) 522 (2.1)
  20-24 2575 (12.5) 44 (13.8) 34 (5.8) 84 (14.1) 31 (19.0) 27 (16.7) 49 (7.4) 114 (9.5) 2958 (12.2)
  25-29 4699 (22.8) 74 (23.2) 161 (27.6) 233 (39.1) 57 (35.0) 40 (24.7) 145 (22.0) 312 (25.9) 5721 (23.5)
  30-34 6727 (32.6) 100 (31.3) 266 (45.5) 177 (29.7) 47 (28.8) 44 (27.2) 254 (38.5) 386 (32.1) 8001 (32.9)
  35-39 4718 (22.9) 65 (20.4) 103 (17.6) 82 (13.8) 26 (16.0) 33 (20.4) 154 (23.4) 282 (23.4) 5463 (22.5)
  40+ 1429 (6.9) 27 (8.5) 20 (3.4)* 12 (2.0)* 2 (1.2)* 16 (9.9) 50 (7.6)* 98 (8.1)* 1654 (6.8)
Parity          
  Primiparous 10208 (49.9) 142 (45.5) 287 (50.0) 211 (35.8) 70 (43.2) 74 (46.3) 241 (37.3) 585 (49.6) 11818 (49.1)
  Multiparous 10256 (50.1) 170 (54.5) 287 (50.0) 378 (64.2)* 92 (56.8) 86 (53.8) 405 (62.7)* 594 (50.4) 12268 (50.9)
Partner          
  Yes 17935 (86.9) 227 (71.2) 486 (83.2) 454 (76.2) 128 (78.5) 74 (45.7) 433 (65.7) 959 (79.7) 20696 (85.1)
  No 2698 (13.1) 92 (28.8)* 98 (16.8)* 142 (23.8)* 35 (21.5)* 88 (54.3)* 226 (34.3)* 244 (20.3)* 3623 (14.9)
Language spoken at home 244 (79.0) 244 (45.8) 203 (37.5) 46 (30.5) 152 (94.4) 288 (48.2) 539 (47.6) 21043 (88.4)
  English 19327 (94.8)         
  Other languages 1059 (5.2) 65 (21.0)* 289 (54.2)* 339 (62.5)* 105 (69.5)* 9 (5.6) 310 (51.8)* 594 (52.4)* 2770 (11.6)
Living with family members other than a partner         
  Yes 918 (4.5) 27 (8.9)* 61 (10.9)* 91 (16.0)* 17 (11.0)* 21 (13.5)* 42 (6.7)* 87 (7.4)* 1264 (6.0)
Gestation at birth          
  > = 37 weeks 19079 (93.0) 289 (91.7) 508 (88.2) 512 (88.1) 138 (85.7) 148 (91.9) 573 (89.1) 1064 (89.6) 22311 (92.4)
  < 37 weeks 1444 (7.0) 26 (8.3) 68 (11.8)* 69 (11.9)* 23 (14.3)* 13 (8.1) 70 (10.9)* 123 (10.4)* 1836 (7.6)
Birth weight          
  > = 2500 g 19543 (95.4) 295 (93.9) 512 (89.7) 507 (89.7) 134 (86.5) 149 (92.5) 561 (92.0) 1082 (93.2) 22783 (94.9)
  <2500 g 936 (4.6) 19 (6.1) 59 (10.3)* 58 (10.3)* 21 (13.5)* 12 (7.5) 49 (8.0)* 79 (6.8)* 1233 (5.1)
  1. *p<0.001.