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Table 4 Maternity care related variables by country, assessed after three days or seven weeks

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

Maternity care related variable   Total sample German hospital Swiss hospital Test p-value
Information during pregnancy, 3 days Mean 15.91 15.88 15.94 U = 1712.50 p = 0.49
  Range 8 - 20 8 - 20 8 - 20   
Information during pregnancy, 7 weeks Mean 15.57 15.58 15.55 U = 821.50 p = 0.92
  Range 8 - 20 9 - 20 8 - 20
Epidural, 3 days n 105 65 40   
Yes % (n) 39.0 (41) 50.8 (33) 20.0 (8) χ2 = 9.85 p < 0.01*
Midwife attended birth, 3 days       
Yes % (n) 98.4 (123) 98.6 (73) 98.0 (50) Fischer’s exact test p = 1.00
Hospital doctor attended birth, 3 days       
Yes % (n) 76.0 (95) 93.2 (69) 51.0 (26) χ2 = 29.57 p < 0.001*
Private doctor attended birth, 3 days       
Yes % (n) 19.2 (24) 6.8 (5) 37.3 (19) χ2 = 18.10 p < 0.001*
Labour experience, 3 days Mean 3.26 3.22 3.31 t-test = −0.19 p = 0.85
  Range 0 - 9.4 0 - 8.4 0 - 9.4
Labour experience, 7 weeks Mean 4.37 4.64 4.07 t-test = 0.98 p = 0.33
  Range 0 - 9.5 0-8.0 0 - 9.5
Birth experience 3 days Mean 6.83 7.02 6.55 t-test = 0.99 p = 0.32
  Range 0 - 10.0 1.4 - 10.0 0 - 10.0
Birth experience 7 weeks Mean 7.36 7.89 6.71 t-test = 2.08 p = 0.04*
  Range 0 - 10.0 2 - 10 0 - 10
Information from hospital staff, 3 days Mean 13.09 12.52 13.92 U = 1141.00 p < 0.001*
  Range 6 - 15 6 - 15 9 - 15
Information from hospital staff, 7 weeks Mean 11.41 10.72 12.20 U = 536.00 p = 0.01*
  Range 5 - 15 5 - 15 8 - 15
Support from hospital staff, 3 days Mean 12.26 11.82 12.93 U = 1380.50 p = 0.03*
  Range 5 - 15 5 - 15 6 - 15
Exclusively breastfeeding, 3 days   129 77 52   
Yes % (n) 55.0 (71) 45.5 (35) 69.2 (36) χ2 = 7.09 p < 0.01*
  1. *Significant differences at p <0.05.