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Table 6 Women’s perceptions of labour and birth care by ethnicity

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

  White Mixed Indian Pakistani Bangladeshi Black Caribbean Black African Other ethnicity
Had met staff before
  n (%) 4478 (22.0) 91 (29.7) 183 (32.8) 189 (33.5) 57 (38.3) 51 (31.9) 214 (34.2) 473 (41.3)
  aOR (95% CI)* 1 1.61 (1.23-2.10) 1.72 (1.43-2.07) 1.63 (1.35-1.97) 2.09 (1.48-2.96) 1.52 (1.06-2.17) 1.70 (1.42-2.03) 2.45 (2.15-2.79)
Able to move around/choose position most of the time
  n (%) 14319 (91.4) 215 (89.6) 398 (90.9) 407 (88.9) 102 (81.6) 100 (84.0) 388 (87.8) 816 (88.1)
  aOR (95% CI)* 1 0.97 (0.74-1.27) 0.86 (0.71-1.04) 0.67 (0.56-0.81) 0.52 (0.36-0.74) 0.85 (0.60-1.20) 0.69 (0.57-0.83) 0.82 (0.72-0.94)
Received pain relief you wanted to at least some extent
  n (%) 14435 (84.3) 202 (84.9) 379 (82.2) 379 (82.4) 103 (81.7) 105 (82.0) 383 (81.0) 799 (82.5)
  aOR (95% CI)* 1 1.22 (0.82-1.80) 0.91 (0.71-1.18) 0.89 (0.69-1.15) 0.85 (0.53-1.36) 0.82 (0.51-1.32) 0.85 (0.66-1.08) 0.92 (0.76-1.11)
Confidence and trust in staff
  n (%) 19701 (96.4) 303 (95.9) 547 (95.1) 549 (93.8) 145 (92.4) 149 (93.1) 609 (95.5) 1118 (95.2)
  aOR (95% CI)* 1 0.97 (0.55-1.72) 0.71 (0.48-1.06) 0.61 (0.43-0.88) 0.50 (0.27-0.92) 0.53 (0.28-1.00) 0.81 (0.54-1.20) 0.72 (0.54-0.97)
Partner made welcome
  n (%) 19806 (98.0) 296 (96.1) 549 (97.3) 541 (95.9) 149 (93.7) 143 (96.6) 569 (96.8) 1122 (98.2)
  aOR (95% CI)* 1 0.62 (0.34-1.15) 0.67 (0.40-1.14) 0.60 (0.39-0.94) 0.34 (0.18-0.67) 0.69 (0.27-1.79) 0.74 (0.44-1.24) 1.10 (0.68-1.78)
Left alone and worried in labour
  n (%) 2288 (12.3) 42 (15.3) 71 (14.7) 108 (24.5) 26 (20.8) 23 (16.3) 86 (16.8) 195 (20.4)
  aOR (95% CI)* 1 1.38 (0.97-1.98) 1.24 (0.95-1.61) 2.28 (1.80-2.87) 1.72 (1.09-2.73) 1.21 (0.76-1.92) 1.34 (1.04-1.73) 1.83 (1.53-2.18)
Left alone and worried after birth
  n (%) 1001 (5.8) 22 (8.7) 48 (10.4) 81 (19.6) 13 (11.6) 12 (9.2) 64 (13.1) 124 (14.0)
  aOR (95% CI)* 1 1.39 (0.87-2.23) 1.92 (1.40-2.63) 3.49 (2.67-4.57) 2.12 (1.17-3.85) 1.58 (0.85-2.93) 2.47 (1.85-3.30) 2.73 (2.21-3.38)
Spoken to in a way could understand
  n (%) 19980 (97.8) 302 (95.9) 559 (97.7) 558 (96.2) 146 (94.8) 153 (95.0) 615 (96.4) 1151 (97.6)
  aOR (95% CI)* 1 0.54 (0.28-1.01) 0.95 (0.54-1.67) 0.60 (0.38-0.94) 0.46 (0.22-0.97) 0.57 (0.27-1.17) 0.64 (0.41-1.00) 1.03 (0.68-1.58)
Involved enough in decisions
  n (%) 18991 (94.3) 287 (94.4) 531 (94.8) 501 (90.4) 135 (90.6) 139 (88.5) 583 (94.0) 1069 (93.0)
  aOR (95% CI)* 1 1.04 (0.62-1.73) 1.10 (0.74-1.63) 0.58 (0.43-0.78) 0.62 (0.35-1.10) 0.50 (0.30-0.83) 1.07 (0.74-1.53) 0.83 (0.65-1.07)
Labour and birth overall rating good
  n (%) 19152 (94.0) 280 (90.6) 514 (89.7) 497 (84.8) 133 (83.6) 142 (88.2) 590 (92.2) 1080 (90.9)
  aOR (95% CI)* 1 0.65 (0.44-0.98) 0.54 (0.41-0.72) 0.38 (0.30-0.48) 0.35 (0.22-0.54) 0.51 (0.31-0.84) 0.81 (0.59-1.11) 0.64 (0.51-0.79)
  1. *Adjusted for woman’s age, parity, partner status, mode of delivery and prematurity. Figures in bold are statistically significant.