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Table 1 Characteristics of study participants (n = 921) and of the women that answered the childbirth experience question (n = 898)

From: Associations between perceptions of care and women’s childbirth experience: a population-based cross-sectional study in Rwanda

Characteristics Total group n = 921 Answered overall experience question n = 898
n (%) n (%)
Age
 15–24 295 (32.1) 292 (32.6)
 25–34 489 (53.2) 476 (53.1)
 35–44 133 (14.5) 126 (14.0)
 > 44 3 (0.3) 3 (0.3)
 Mean (SD) 27.8 (6.0) 27.7 (5.9)
 Median (min; max) 27.0 (15.0; 46.0) 27.0 (15.0; 46.0)
Parity
 Primiparous 326 (35.4) 319 (35.5)
 Multiparous 595 (64.6) 579 (64.5)
Education
 Never attended school 76 (8.4) 75 (8.5)
 Primary school 635 (70.2) 618 (70.1)
 Secondary school 163 (18.0) 158 (17.9)
 University level 31 (3.4) 31 (3.5)
Marital Status
 Married & cohabiting 774 (84.1) 754 (84.1)
 Separated, widowed or single 146 (15.9) 143 (15.9)
Number of people in household
 1–4 472 (51.4) 461 (51.5)
 5–7 345 (37.6) 338 (37.8)
 > 7 101 (11.0) 96 (10.7)
Province
 Kigali 304 (33.0) 296 (33.0)
 Northern Province 617 (67.0) 602 (67.0)
Health Insurance
 Community based 686 (74.6) 670 (74.7)
 Public and private 46 (5.0) 45 (5.0)
 No insurance 188 (20.4) 182 (20.3)
Place of childbirth
 Health centre 582 (63.3) 571 (63.7)
 District hospital 230 (25.0) 227 (25.3)
 Referral hospital or Private clinic 60 (6.5) 60 (6.7)
 At home or on the way to the clinic 47 (5.1) 38 (4.2)
Mode of delivery
 Vaginal birth 803 (88.0) 781 (87.9)
 Planned CS 33 (3.6) 33 (3.7)
 Emergency CS 76 (8.3) 75 (8.4)
Complications or problems during childbirth
 No complications 765 (83.4) 745 (83.3)
 Complications 152 (16.6) 149 (16.7)
Health status one day after childbirth
 Very good 50 (5.4) 48 (5.4)
 Good 573 (62.4) 561 (62.5)
 Neither good nor bad 224 (24.4) 217 (24.2)
 Bad 59 (6.4) 58 (6.5)
 Very bad 13 (1.4) 13 (1.4)
Age of baby
 1–6 months 484 (52.8) 475 (53.2)
 7–13 months 432 (47.2) 418 (46.8)
New-born health status one day after birth
 Very good 442 (48.0) 429 (47.8)
 Good 365 (39.6) 357 (39.8)
 Neither good nor bad 51 (5.5) 49 (5.5)
 Bad 49 (5.3) 49 (5.5)
 Very bad 14 (1.5) 14 (1.6)
  1. CS = Caesarean Section