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Table 3 Mothers’ and fathers’ spirituality scores, mean difference, and significance by paired-sample t-test

From: “That was intense!” Spirituality during childbirth: a mixed-method comparative study of mothers’ and fathers’ experiences in a public hospital

Questions Spirituality score, average (SD)
Mothers Fathers Mean difference t P
1. I felt respected and accepted as I am. 4.7 (0.57) 4.6 (0.57) 0.09 1.83 .068
2. I felt immensely grateful. 4.2 (0.79) 4.1 (.76) 0.08 1.26 .210
3. I was able to let go in the delivery room. 3.6 (1.01) 3.3 (0.98) 0.36 3.85 .000
4. I became aware of life’s fragility. 3.8 (1.06) 4.1 (0.91) −0.24 −2.80 .006
5. I was guided by Something or Someone greater than me. 2.7 (1.26) 2.6 (1.26) 0.08 0.78 .435
6. I was able to appreciate life’s beauty. 4.5 (0.62) 4.4 (0.74) 0.10 1.62 .107
7. I prayed in the delivery room. 2.2 (1.38) 2.1 (1.33) 0.11 105 .297
8. I felt deeply responsible for this naked child. 4.6 (0.67) 4.4 (0.77) 0.16 2.16 .032
9. This birth allowed me to surpass myself, to fulfill myself. 4.2 (0.85) 3.8 (0.94) 0.38 4.69 .000
10. I was able to make sense of this childbirth experience. 4.1 (0.83) 3.8 (0.96) 0.25 3.02 .003
Total score (maximum 50 points) 38.6 (4.55) 37.2 (4.93) 1.30 3.40 .001