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Table 1 Characteristics of women planning give birth at home in Victoria (2000–2015)

From: Planned private homebirth in Victoria 2000–2015: a retrospective cohort study of Victorian perinatal data

  Low risk High risk
Planned home birth n = 3202 Planned hospital birth n = 701,058 Planned home birth n = 743 Planned hospital birth n = 128,228
Maternal Age
  < 20 yrs 19 (0.6%) 21,845 (3.1%) 2 (0.3%) 2051 (1.6%)
 20-30 yrs 870 (27.2%) 292,891 (41.8%) 162 (21.8%) 44,543 (34.7%)
 30 yrs plus 2269 (70.9%) 385,833 (55%) 573 (77.1%) 81,605 (63.6%)
 Missing 44 (1.4%) 489 (0.1%) 6 (0.8%) 29 (0.02%)
Body Mass Indexa
  < 18.5 74 (2.3%) 9642 (1.4%) 15 (2.0%) 1310 (1.0%)
 18.5 to 24.9 902 (28.2%) 155,936 (22.2%) 196 (26.4%) 25,437 (19.8%)
 25–29.9 284 (8.9%) 74,788 (10.7%) 85 (11.4%) 16,288 (12.7%)
 30plus 98 (3.1%) 30,515 (4.4%) 73 (9.8%) 32,406 (25.3%)
 missing 1844 (57.6%) 430,177 (61.4%) 374 (50.4%) 52,788 (41.2%)
Country of Birth
 Australian/NZ 2515 (78.5%) 500,945 (71.5%) 606 (81.6%) 87,369 (68.1%)
 Non-Australian 481 (15.0%) 175,420 (25.0%) 91 (12.3%) 35,301 (27.5%)
 Missing 206 (6.4%) 24,693 (3.5%) 46 (6.2%) 5558 (4.3%)
Parity
 Nulliparous 1103 (34.5%) 347,079 (49.5%) 142 (19.1%) 41,499 (32.4%)
 Second birth 1187 (37.1%) 218,790 (31.2%) 294 (39.6%) 48,341 (37.7%)
 3rd or subsequent birth 912 (82.5%) 135,181(19.3%) 306 (41.2%) 36,829 (28.7%)
 Missing 0 (0%) 8 (0.001%) 1 (0.1%) 1559 (1.2%)
IRSDb
 1 Most Disadvantaged 365 (11.4%) 130,638 (18.6%) 84 (11.3%) 29,013 (22.6%)
 2 544 (17.0%) 130,782 (18.7%) 110 (14.8%) 26,024 (10.3%)
 3 567 (17.7%) 135,146 (19.3%) 134 (18.0%) 23,966 (18.7%)
 4 740 (21.1%) 132,770 (18.9%) 177 (23.8%) 21,320 (16.6%)
 5-Least Disadvantaged 846 (26.4%) 132,991(19.0%) 176 (23.7%) 19,244 (15.0%)
 Missing 140 (4.4%) 38,731 (5.5%) 62 (8.3%) 8661 (6.8%)
  1. Data presented as N (%)
  2. anot collected until 2009
  3. bIndex of Relative Social Disadvantage (IRSD) quintile