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Table 1 Characteristics of TOMIS II study participantsa

From: Longer postpartum hospitalization options – who stays, who leaves, what changes?

Characteristic Site 1 (n = 250) Site 2 (n = 250) Site 3 (n = 250) Site 4 (n = 250) Site 5 (n = 250)
Maternal age in years (mean ± SD)b 31.7 ± 4.9 28.8 ± 5.1 29.3 ± 5.2 29.7 ± 5.7 27.0 ± 5.1
Gestation in weeks (mean ± SD) 39.5 ± 1.4 39.7 ± 1.4 39.7 ± 1.4 39.4 ± 1.7 39.4 ± 1.3
Birth weight in grams (mean ± SD)b 3344 ± 452 3525 ± 516 3564 ± 485 3404 ± 682 3517 ± 557
  % % % % %
First live birth 43.4 42.0 40.4 46.0 44.0
Martial status c      
Married 88.8 71.3 79.9 78.3 59.3
Common-law/living with partner 6.0 21.9 14.5 12.3 27.8
Never married/separated/widowed/divorced 5.2 6.9 5.6 9.4 12.9
Family income c,d      
<$20,000 12.1 14.7 7.4 28.5 23.8
$20,000 to $39,999 18.2 20.7 13.0 18.4 19.7
$40,000 to $59,999 17.3 29.7 23.4 16.7 18.8
$60,000 to $79,999 16.0 17.2 22.1 13.6 17.0
≥$80,000 36.4 17.7 34.2 22.8 20.6
Born in Canada c 37.6 93.6 81.1 34.1 96.8
Self-reported ethnicity c      
Canadian 26.9 94.3 79.2 37.0 93.6
Other than Canadian 73.1d 5.7 20.8 63.0f 6.4
Language spoken at home c      
English/French 55.2 99.6 86.0 63.9 99.6
Other than English/French 44.8e 0.4 14.0 36.1f 0.4
Highest level of education c      
Less than high school 4.5 9.7 11.6 17.1 13.4
High school 9.7 13.3 14.1 20.8 10.2
Some community college/technical school 5.3 14.5 10.4 8.6 13.4
Completed community college/technical school 19.8 33.5 24.1 17.6 29.7
Some university 10.1 5.6 9.6 6.9 5.3
University 50.6 23.4 30.1 29.0 28.0
  1. a originally published in Sword, W., Watt, S., Krueger, P. (2004). Implementation, Uptake, and Impact of a Provincial Postpartum Program, Canadian Journal of Nursing Research, 36, 60–82
  2. b ANOVA indicated a statistically significant difference across sites (p < 0.05)
  3. c Chi-square test indicated a statistically significant difference across sites (p < 0.05)
  4. d 8.4% of the total sample did not report family income
  5. e 26.9% of the total sample at Site 1 "Chinese"; 15.5% "Jewish"; 23.6% spoke Chinese at home
  6. f 11.9% of the total sample at Site 4 "South Asian"; no predominant language "Other than English/French"