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Table 1 Characteristics of low-risk nulliparous women who initially preferred a midwife-led home or hospital birth or an obstetrician-led birth

From: The influence of preferred place of birth on the course of pregnancy and labor among healthy nulliparous women: a prospective cohort study

  Midwife-led care Obstetrician-led care
Variable Preferred home birth n = 226 (%) Preferred hospital birth n = 168 (%) n = 182 (%)
Age (years)**mean (SD) 28.8 (3.9) 29.1 (3.8) 30.9 (4.8)
Body Mass Index    
 <18.50 10 (4.5) 5 (3.1) 7 (3.9)
 18.50-24.99 139 (63.2) 115 (71.4) 121 (68.0)
 ≥25.00-29.99 55 (25.0) 33 (20.5) 40 (22.5)
 ≥30.00 16 (7.3) 8 (5.0) 10 (5.6)
Ethnic background*    
 Dutch 225 (99.6) 160 (95.2) 174 (95.6)
 Non-Dutch 1 (0.4) 8 (4.8) 8 (4.4)
Highest completed level of education    
 Low 19 (8.4) 18 (10.7) 19 (10.4)
 Middle 86 (38.1) 56 (33.3) 71 (39.0)
 High 121 (53.5) 94 (56.0) 92 (50.5)
Distance to hospital (in minutes)    
 0–15 minutes 170 (75.6) 135 (80.8) 135 (74.6)
 >15 minutes 55 (24.4) 32 (19.2) 46 (25.4)
Method of conception** n = 163 n = 121 n = 182
 Spontaneous 154 (94.5) 110 (90.9) 132 (72.5)
 Assisted Reproduction 9 (5.5) 11 (9.1) 50 (27.5)
First pregnancy**    
 Yes 181 (80.1) 142 (84.5) 112 (61.9)
 No# 45 (19.9) 26 (15.5) 69 (38.1)
Gestation at birth (days)**mean (SD) 278 (15) 278 (13) 274 (15)
  1. **Significant at 1% level; *Significant at 5% level.
  2. #previous miscarriage, ectopic pregnancy or induced abortion.