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Table 2 Characteristics of the study population, n = 206 and characteristics of a sample of women who delivered in one selected month at the participating hospital for comparison

From: Childbirth experience questionnaire: validating its use in the United Kingdom

  Study population June 2014 NUH statistics
Maternal age, years, mean (SD) 29 (5.4)  
Gestational age, weeks, mean (SD) 39 (1.3)  
Normal vaginal delivery, number (%) 100 (49) 78 (46)
Operative delivery, number (%) 106 (51) 90 (54)
Instrumental delivery 66 (32) 52 (31)
Caesarean delivery 40 (19) 38 (23)
Onset of labour, number (%)   
Spontaneous 132 (64) 105 (62)
Induced 74 (36) 63 (38)
Labour duration more than 12 hours,* number (%) 43 (21)  
Oxytocin augmentation during labour, number (%) 107 (52)  
Neonatal Intensive Care Admission, number (%) 6 (3)  
Method used to return questionnaire, number (%)   
Postal 133 (65)  
Email 73 (35)  
  1. *Labour duration could not be calculated for 4 women who had a caesarean section prior to the onset of active labour.