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Table 1 Characteristics of the participants at the German and Swiss hospitals

From: Cultural differences in postnatal quality of life among German-speaking women – a prospective survey in two countries

Variable Total sample German hospital Swiss hospital Test p-value
Age n 128 77 51   
Mean Years 30.30 29.32 31.78 t-test = −2.94 p < 0.01*
Range   16 - 43 16-43 22-40
SD   4.78 5.13 3.78
Primiparous n 129 77 52   
  % (n) 55.8 (72) 62.3 (48) 46.2 (24) χ2 = 3.30 df = 1 p = 0.07
Length of labour including unplanned c-section n 100 64 36   
Mean Hours 9.40 11.00 6.56 t-test = 2.72 p < 0.01*
Range   0.25 - 72.00 0.25 - 72.00 0.25 - 28.00   
SD   9.43 10.73 5.57   
Length of labour only vaginal births n 86 57 29   
Mean Hours 9.11 10.60 6.19 t-test = 2.44 p = 0.02*
Range   0.25 - 72.00 0.25 - 72.00 0.25 - 28.00   
SD   9.86 11.19 5.58   
Mode of birth n 128 76 52   
Vaginal birth % (n) 67.2 (86) 75.0 (57) 55.8 (29) χ2 = 5.18 p = 0.02*
Caesarean section % (n) 32.8 (42) 25.0 (19) 44.2 (23) df = 1  
  1. *Significant differences at p <0.05.