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Table 1 Patients’ characteristics and their obstetric features compared with regional data (all women who gave birth in the region in 2014) and national data including all births in the Netherlands in 2014

From: Continuity of care is an important and distinct aspect of childbirth experience: findings of a survey evaluating experienced continuity of care, experienced quality of care and women’s perception of labor

Characteristics Respondents n = 187 n (%) Regional data 2014 (n = 3085) % National data PRN 2014 (n = 175,215) %
Demographics
Age in years
 Mean [SD] 31.5 [4.1] 31 31 [4.9]
Educational level  
 Low 15 (8.0)   
 Middle 52 (27.8)   
 High 120 (64.2)   
Ethnicity
 Dutch 184 (98.4) 85 74
 Other 3 (1.6) 15 26
Obstetric features
Parity
 Primiparous 78 (41.7) 44 45
 Parous 109 (58.3) 56 55
Gestational age during birth in weeks median [range] 40 [35–42] 39 40
Mode of birth
 Vaginal spontaneous 163(87.2) 72 75
 Vaginal assisted (vacuum/forceps) 17 (9.1) 10 9
 Caesarean section, not primary 7 (3.7) 18 17
Location of birth
 Home 54 (28.9) 12 15
 Midwife-led hospital 45 (24.1) 13 13
 Obstetrician-led hospital 88 (47.0) 75 71
Care during pregnancy
 Midwife-led care 136 (72.7) 79a 86a
 Obstetrician-led care 15 (8.0) 21 14
 Referred during pregnancy 36 (19.3) 37 35
Care during labor
 Midwife-led care 99 (52.9) 42b 51b
 Obstetrician-led care 51 (27.3) 58 49
 Referred during labor 37 (19.8) 16 22
  1. PRN data are national data. Regional data are Perined-insight LVR2 data
  2. In the regional and national comparison groups, women with a pre-labor caesarian section and who had a child with a major congenital abnormality could not be excluded
  3. aincluding women who were referred during pregnancy
  4. bincluding women who were referred during labor