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Table 4 Association between initial preferred birth setting and neonatal outcomes

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 OR (adjusted)a OR (adjusted)a OR (adjusted)a
(95% CI) (95% CI) (95% CI)
  Preferred home birth Preferred hospital birth n = 182 (%) Preferred MFL home birth vs. Preferred MFL hospital birth Preferred MFL home birth vs. Preferred OBL hospital birth Preferred MFL hospital birth vs. Preferred OBL hospital birth
n = 226 (%) n = 168 (%)
Neonatal death (dp – 7 dgn) - - -    
Apgar score < 7 at 5 min 4 (1.8) 3 (1.8) 4 (2.2) NT NT NT
Resuscitation 1 (0.4) - -    
Birth weight mean (SD) 3365 (543) 3401 (575) 3210 (555)    
2500 – 3999 gram 195 (86.3) 135 (80.4) 155 (85.2)    
<2500 gram 11 (4.9) 10 (6.0) 15 (8.2) 0.68 (0.16 – 2.84) 0.83 (0.22 – 3.12) 1.23 (0.36 – 4.20)
≥4000 gram 20 (8.8) 23 (13.7) 12 (6.6) 0.69 (0.32 – 1.52) 1.02 (0.44 – 2.40) 1.47 (0.63 – 3.46)
  1. aAdjusted for maternal age, method of conception, first pregnancy (previous miscarriage or ectopic pregnancy), gestational age at birth, medical indications pregnancy. OR = Odds Ratio; CI 95% = confidence interval 95%.
  2. MFL = Midwife-led; OBL = Obstetrician-led.