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Table 5 Items included in Women’s antenatal and postnatal surveys

From: The Indigenous Birthing in an Urban Setting study: the IBUS study

Items Women’s surveys
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Socio-demographic characteristics
 Indigenous status, maternal and paternal    
 Maternal relationship status    
 Educational attainment, maternal and paternal    
 Employment status, maternal and paternal    
 Government pension main source of income  
 Has healthcare concession card    
 Has private health insurance    
 Has access to vehicle/transport    
 Number of places of residence during pregnancy     
 Current housing   
 Experienced homelessness during pregnancy     
 Financial insecurity
Self-reported health problems
 Experienced health problems, mother and infant   
 Baby admitted to hospital, date, reason, duration   
 Mother admitted to hospital, date, reason, duration   
 Number of visits with baby to child health nurse, reason   
 Number of visit with baby to paediatrician & reason   
Pregnancy, birth/labour & care
 Gestation/age of baby
 General feelings about pregnancy
 Number of weeks first contact with care for pregnancy    
 Where was care received    
 Plans for birth location    
 Experience of staff behaviour    
 Culturally safe aspects of care (importance, satisfaction)    
 Felt respected & understood by hospital staff (by area)     
 Felt treated poorly or judged by staff     
 Satisfaction with care, recommend to others     
 Known midwife present during labour/birth     
 Attendance of group antenatal classes     
 Current smoking status, including number of cigarettes per day D
 Attempts to quit D   
 Advised to quit by health staff     
 Smoking support received, perceptions     
 Smoking household members  
Feeding baby
 Previous breastfeeding experiences, inc. difficulties D   
 Intentions to breastfeed, inc. duration D   
 Confidence to breastfeed     
 Experience of breastfeeding, inc. initiation     
 Use of formula, inc. reasons, age of baby     
 What baby has been fed in past 24h   
 Where received feeding information     
 Use of commercial baby food    
 Reasons for starting solids    
Partner involvement
 Partner’s feelings about pregnancy    
 Baby’s father & father figures (involvement, attended visits, support services)    
Social and emotional wellbeing
 Negative life events - full extended version  
 Additional worries experienced  
 Family separations     
 Positive wellbeing scale
 Modified Kessler Psychological Distress Scale (K5)
 Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale D   
 Practical Social Support Scale    
 Social support available, inc. partner     
Out-of-pocket costs
 Time spent, support person, carer, transport, food & drink     
 All services accessed for pregnancy/birth/baby, number of visits, out of pocket cost per visit (i.e. not refunded by Medicare)     
 Out of pocket cost of medicines during pregnancy/birth/baby     
Infant development
 Ages and Stages Questionnaire   
 Bayley III Cognitive, Language and Motor Skills (face-to-face assessment)    
  1. Note: D = clinical data available