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Table 2 Comparison of childbirth experience assessments with NRSa

From: Development of a questionnaire for assessing the childbirth experience (QACE)

Generally… NRS_Experience 0–7 NRS_Experience 8–10 P value
(Fischer)
 1. I felt worriedc 12/126 (9.5) 32/165 (19.4) 0.02
 2. I felt secureb 67/126 (53.2) 120/165 (72.7) 0.001
 3. I felt strange sensationsc 19/126 (15.1) 43/165 (26.1) 0.03
 4. I felt confidentb 37/126 (29.4) 73/165 (44.2) 0.011
 5. The staff understood and fulfilled my wishes in a satisfactory mannerb 71/126 (56.3) 136/165 (82.4) <0.001
 6. I felt emotionally supported by the staff who took care of meb 63/126 (50) 131/165 (79.4) <0.001
 7. The staff kept me informed of what was happeningb 73/126 (57.9) 129/165 (78.2) <0.001
 8. I felt I could express myself and give my opinion about decisions about meb 55/126 (43.7) 127/165 (77) <0.001
 9. I am satisfied with the way the events unfoldedb 30/126 (23.8) 123/165 (74.5) <0.001
 10. I managed to successfully use relaxation techniques to help me during womb contractionsb    
   a. During labour 26/105 (24.8) 52/151 (34.4) 0.1
   b. During delivery 16/99 (16.2) 52/144 (36.1) 0.001
 11. I managed to successfully move or choose posture freelyb    
   a. During labour 40/104 (38.5) 96/149 (64.4) <0.001
   b. During delivery 12/97 (12.4) 56/143 (39.2) <0.001
 12. I seemed to lose my headc    
   a. During labour 20/106 (18.9) 67/154 (43.5) <0.001
   b. During delivery 24/107 (22.4) 73/154 (47.4) <0.001
 13. The support of my partner helped mea    
   a. During labour 93/109 (85.3) 122/148 (82.4) 0.610
   b. During delivery 91/107 (85) 127/150 (84.7) 1
 14. My pain was relieved when I askeda    
   a. During labour 62/105 (59) 100/142 (70.4) 0.078
   b. During delivery 55/102 (53.9) 112/140 (80) <0.001
 15. Every event unfolded as I had imagineda    
   a. During labour 6/107 (5.6) 38/153 (24.8) <0.001
   b. During delivery 8/113 (7.1) 56/155 (36.1) <0.001
 16. On the numeric rating scale for pain assessment (ranging from 0 to 10), how did you feel pain?d    
   a. During labour 97/117 (82.9) 121/148 (81.8) 0.87
   b. During delivery 45/120 (37.5) 36/156 (23.1) 0.01
Immediately after childbirth… NRS_Experience 0–7 NRS_Experience 8–10 P value
(Fischer)
 17. I was able to see my baby for the first time in a satisfactory mannerb 76/126 (60.3) 126/162 (77.8) 0.002
 18. I held my baby for the first time when I felt like itb 67/126 (53.2) 125/162 (77.2) <0.001
 19. The first moments with my baby corresponded with what I had imagined prior to giving birthb 44/126 (34.9) 98/161 (60.9) <0.001
Currently… NRS_Experience 0–7 NRS_Experience 8–10 P value
(Fischer)
 20. I understood everything that happened during childbirthb 63/126 (50) 116/157 (73.9) <0.001
 21. I am proud of myselfb 78/126 (61.9) 137/157 (87.3) <0.001
 22. I feel regretc 41/126 (32.5) 102/157 (65) <0.001
 23. I have a feeling of failurec 78/126 (61.9) 129/157 (82.2) <0.001
 24. Imagine a subsequent delivery scares mec 28/126 (22.2) 82/157 (52.2) <0.001
  1. aNumeric Rating Scale (NRS) 0 to 10 (0 = very bad experience, 10 = very good experience)
  2. bDichotomisation “totally” versus “in part, not so much, not at all”
  3. cDichotomisation “not at all” versus “not so much, in part, totally”
  4. dDichotomisation “VAS for pain 0 à 5” versus “VAS for pain 6 to 10”. We reported 6 to 10