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Table 1 Characteristics of women who planned home birth and women who planned hospital birth (N = 3495)

From: Effect of planned place of birth on obstetric interventions and maternal outcomes among low-risk women: a cohort study in the Netherlands

  Planned place of birth
Nulliparous women (N = 1585) Parous women (N = 1910)
Home birth (N = 868) N(%) Hospital birth (N = 717) N(%) P-value Home birth (N = 1182) N(%) Hospital birth (N = 728) N(%) P-value
Maternal age, years
  < 25 145 (16.7) 131 (18.3) 0.002* 48 (4.1) 36 (4.9) 0.148
 25–35 651 (75.0) 490 (68.3)   870 (73.6) 506 (69.5)  
  ≥ 35 72 (8.3) 96 (13.4)   264 (22.3) 186 (25.5)  
Gestational age at birth, weeks
 37 + 0–37 + 6 35 (4.0) 33 (4.6) 0.201 27 (2.3) 14 (1.9) 0.856
 38 + 0–40 + 6 641(73.8) 551 (76.8)   934 (79.0) 575 (79.0)  
 41 + 0–41 + 6 192 (22.1) 133 (18.5)   221 (18.7) 139 (19.1)
Ethnic background
 Dutch background 785 (90.4) 540 (75.3) <0.001* 1030 (87.1) 532 (73.1) <0.001*
 Non-Dutch Western background 37 (4.3) 82 (11.4)   82 (6.9) 69 (9.5)  
 Non-Western background 43 (5.0) 92 (12.8)   65 (5.5) 125 (17.2)  
 Missing 3 (0.3) 3 (0.4)   5 (0.4) 2 (0.3)  
Prepregnancy BMI
  < 25.0 654 (75.3) 511 (71.3) 0.146 842 (71.2) 481 (66.1) 0.051
  ≥ 25.0 182 (21.0) 170 (23.7)   292 (24.7) 216 (29.7)  
 Missing 32 (3.7) 36 (5.0)   48 (4.1) 31 (4.3)  
Socioeconomic position
 High 187 (21.5) 180 (25.1) 0.181 321 (27.2) 205 (28.2) 0.137
 Middle 389 (44.8) 319 (44.5)   581 (49.2) 325 (44.6)  
 Low 288 (33.2) 215 (30.0)   277 (23.4) 194 (26.6)  
 Missing 4 (0.5) 3 (0.4)   3 (0.3) 4 (0.5)  
Birth weight
  < 2500 8 (0.9) 9 (1.3) 0.553 3 (0.3) 0 0.053
 2500–2999 88 (10.1) 79 (11.0)   49 (4.1) 51 (7.0)  
 3000–3499 351 (40.4) 312 (43.5)   373 (31.6) 220 (30.2)  
 3500–3999 311 (35.8) 238 (33.2)   471 (39.8) 287 (39.4)  
  ≥ 4000 104 (12.0) 76 (10.6)   286 (24.2) 169 (23.2)  
 Missing 6 (0.7) 3 (0.4)   0 1 (0.1)  
Instrumental vaginal birth in obstetric history
 Yes     98 (8.3) 116 (15.9) <0,001*
  1. Data shown: no. (%) of women
  2. *p < 0.05