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Table 2 Experience of childbirth in relation to expectations in primiparous women of advanced age (≥32 years) compared with the reference group (25–31 years)

From: Experience of childbirth in first-time mothers of advanced age – a Norwegian population-based study

Maternal Total As expected/mixed feelings    Worse than expected      Better than expected   
Age, yrs   n % n % Crude OR 95% CI Adj OR* 95% CI n % Crude OR 95% CI Adj OR* 95% CI
       All women          
25-31 21,226 11,349 53.5 5376 25.3 1   1   4501 21.2 1   1  
≥32 8839 4652 52.6 2411 27.2 1.09 (1.03-1.16) 1.09 (1.02-1.16) 1776 20.1 0.96 (0.90-1.03) 0.97 (0.90-1.03)
      Subgroups of women by mode of delivery           
      Women with a spontaneous vaginal birth           
25-31 14,583 8268 56.7 2342 16.1 1   1   3973 27.2 1   1  
≥32 5192 2872 55.3 913 17.6 1.12 (1.03-1.23) 1.12 (1.02-1.22) 1407 27.1 1.02 (0.95-1.10) 1.02 (0.95-1.10)
      Women with instrumentental vaginal delivery           
25-31 3583 1668 46.6 1632 45.5 1   1   283 7.9 1   1  
≥32 1696 825 48.6 731 43.1 0.91 (0.80-1.02) 0.9 (0.80-1.02) 140 8.3 1.00 (0.80-1.25) 1.01 (0.81-1.26)
      Women with instrumental vaginal delivery           
25-31 2059 812 39.4 1,135 55.1 1   1   112 5.4 1   1  
≥32 1193 498 41.7 603 50.5 0.87 (0.75-1.01) 0.87 (0.74-1.01) 92 7.7 1.34 (1.00-1.80) 1.36 (1.01-1.85)
      Women with elective cesarean delivery           
25-31 665 477 71.7 66 9.9 1   1   122 18.8 1   1  
≥32 532 364 68.4 44 8.3 0.87 (0.58-1.31) 0.85 (0.56-1.30) 124 23.3 1.33 (1.00-1.77) 1.38 (1.03-1.84)
  1. All women and subgroups of women by mode of delivery**.
  2. Total sample = 30 065 women. Regression analyses presented as Crude and Adjusted Odds Ratio (OR) with 95% Confidence Intervals (CI).
  3. *Adjusted for smoking, single status, native language other than Norwegian and education.
  4. **Women with unclear mode of delivery or combined (VE and emergency cesarean delivery) excluded (n=562).