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Table 1 Demographic profile of mothers and midwives recruited for the study

From: Support provided by midwives to women during labour in a public hospital, Limpopo Province, South Africa: a participant observation study

Mothers N = 24 % Midwives N = 12 %
1. Age in years on your last birthday 1. Gender
 16–20 7 29  Male 0 0
 21–30 12 50  Female 12 100
 31+ 05 21    
2. Parity: 2. Qualifications
 Primigravida 13 54  Registered midwife 10 83
 Para 2–3 07 29  Advanced midwife 02 17
 Para 4+ 04 17    
3. Delivery outcome (exclude fetal deaths 3. Duration of allocation in labour ward - years
 Normal vaginal delivery 19 79  2–4 06 50
 Forceps or vacuum extraction delivery 0 0  5–6 04 33
 Caesarian section (not elective) 05 21  > 7 02 17
4. Duration of labour (hours) 4. Cultural/ Ethnic group
 2–4 2 8  Northern Sotho 9 75
 5–8 4 17  Tsonga 2 17
 >  9 18 75  Venda 1 8
     Others 0 0
5. Pain relief during labour 5. Religious affiliation
 Pharmacological 03 13  Protestants 4 33
 Non-pharmacological 21 87  Apostolic church 2 17
     Zion Christian church 2 17
     Others 4 33
6. Cultural/ Ethnic group  
 Northern Sotho 15 63  
 Tsonga 4 17
 Venda 3 12
 Others 2 08
7. Family status
 Married 10 42
 Single 14 58
 Divorced 0 0
 Widow 0 0
8. Religious affiliation
 Protestants 14 58
 Apostolic church 3 13
 Zion Christian church 7 29
 Others 0 0
9. Educational status
 Never literate 2 8
 Primary school literate 5 21
 Secondary school literate 9 38
 Tertiary institution 8 33
10. Companion present?
 Yes 0 0
 No 24 100
11. Participation in childbirth preparation classes
 Yes 1 4
 No 23 96
12. Transfer from another hospital
 Yes 5 21
 No 19 79