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Table 2 Characteristics of focus group participants

From: Birthplace choices: what are the information needs of women when choosing where to give birth in England? A qualitative study using online and face to face focus groups

Group/ name Age IMD quintile a Parity Type of area/ region Option interested in/ chose
Group 1 – Planning a Homebirth
 Ann 32 3rd Primip City, North East Homebirth
 Anita 32 1st Multip Town, South West Homebirth
 Angela 34 1st Multip City, South West Homebirth
 Amy 28 5th Primip City, East Midlands Homebirth
 Amelia 33 5th Primip London Homebirth
 Alison 30 1st Multip Town, South East Homebirth
 Amanda 38 2nd Multip Town, South West Homebirth
 Alexa 28 4th Primip London Homebirth
 Abigail 31 1st Multip Town, South East Homebirth
 Agnes 30 2nd Primip Town, North West Homebirth
GROUP 2 – Living in areas with lots of choice
 Jenny 30 2nd Primip City, North West AMU
 Julie NK 3rd Primip London OU
 Jude 28 3rd Multip Town, East of England AMU
 Janice 34 4th Primip London AMU or FMU, possibly home
 Joyce 26 2nd Multip Town, South West Homebirth
 Jackie 28 3rd Primip Town, South West Homebirth
 Joanna 42 3rd Primip City, West Midlands OU
 Jean 24 3rd Primip Town, East of England OU
GROUP 3 – Living in areas with limited choice
 Rachel 34 2nd Primip Town, South West Homebirth, possibly FMU
 Rebecca 30 2nd Primip Town, West Midlands Homebirth, possibly AMU
 Ruby 32 2nd Primip Village, North West OU
 Rosie 34 2nd Multip Town, South East Homebirth
 Rita 35 2nd Primip Village, South East Homebirth
 Roberta 32 1st Primip Village, South East FMU
 Rona 38 3rd Multip Town, South West Homebirth
GROUP 4 - First time mothers
 Mandy 31 1st Primip Town, South East AMU
 Maria 33 5th Primip London FMU
 Mabel 36 2nd Primip Town, East of England AMU (27 miles, not nearest)
 Mina 33 4th Primip City, Yorkshire & Humber OU/AMU
 Mae 27 1st Primip Village, South East AMU or FMU
 Maggie 32 5th Primip Town, North East OU
GROUP 5 – Living close to an FMU
 Kirsten 26 4th Multip Town, South West FMU
 Karolina 35 5th Multip City, South West FMU
 Keira 35 5th Multip City, South West AMU or FMU
 Katrina NK 5th Multip Town, South East AMU or FMU
 Kylie 27 1st Multip Town, South East AMU
 Kathryn 34 2nd Primip City, South West AMU
 Kim 36 1st Primip Village, South East FMU
 Kerry 30 2nd Primip Village, South East AMU
 Kate 35 1st Primip Village, North West FMU
GROUP 6 – Opt-out AMU areas
 Clare 32 1st Primip City, Yorkshire & Humber OU
 Charlotte 34 4th Primip City, West Midlands AMU
 Chloe 39 3rd Multip City, North West AMU
 Courtney 32 4th Primip City, North West AMU
 Clara 35 5th Primip City, North West AMU
 Chantel 38 4th Multip Town, East Midlands OU
 Carmen 29 2nd Primip City, South West AMU
 Carrie 31 4th Primip City, South West AMU
 Cath 32 NK Primip Village, East Midlands AMU
 Caroline 32 4th Primip City, North West AMU
 Carla NK 1st Multip City, North West OU
GROUP 7 (face to face) – Living in disadvantaged areab
   Ethnicity    Booked for birth in:
 Yasmin NK Black African Primip East London OU (not low risk)
 Yana NK Bengali-speaking Primip East London OU (not low risk)
 Yadavi NK Bengali-speaking Multip East London OU
 Yavi NK Indian Multip East London OU (not low risk)
 Yelena NK Eastern European Multip East London FMU
 Yusra NK NK Multip East London AMU
 Yihana NK Black African Multip East London AMU
GROUP 8 - Planning to give birth in an OU
 Brenda 23 5th Primip City, North West OU
 Barbara 29 4th Primip City, North West OU
 Beatrice 35 1st Multip Town, South East OU or Homebirth
 Bev 28 2nd Multip Town, South East OU or Homebirth
 Beverley 35 4th Primip City, South West OU
 Bobbi 29 2nd Multip City, South West OU
 Bree 33 1st Multip Town, South East OU
 Belinda 32 4th Multip Town, South East OU
 Bridget 35 3rd Multip City, South West OU
 Bonnie 39 4th Multip London OU
 Betty 25 2nd Primip Town, South West OU
  1. a Index of Multiple Deprivation (IMD) quintile: 1st = most disadvantaged, 5th = most advantaged
  2. b Participants recruited through local women’s support group and not pre-screened by the researchers