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Table 1 Pregnant Women and Partners’ Characteristics

From: The value of non-invasive prenatal testing: preferences of Canadian pregnant women, their partners, and health professionals regarding NIPT use and access

Characteristic % of Pregnant Women n = 882 % of Partners n = 395
Age Mean (SD) 32.3 (4.8) 33.5 (5.7)
Gender (of partner) Other than male N/A 2.8
Province of Residence
 BC 28.5 6.1
 AB 13.2 7.1
 MB 0.2 0
 ON 13.4 19.7
 QC 43.9 66.8
 Atlantic provinces 0.2 0
 Territories (Nunavut/NWT/Yukon) 0.2 0
Country of birth
 Canada 80.3 86.8
Language Mostly Spoken at Home
 English 54.2 33.9
 French 40.2 65.1
 Other 4.2 3.0
Race/ethnicity
 Caucasian/white 81.4 86.1
 North American Aboriginal (First Nation, Inuit, Metis) 1.6 2.3
 Other 17.0 11.6
Religion/culture
 Christian 55.8 60.0
 Muslim 2.2 2.0
 Buddhist 1.8 0.8
 Jewish 1.4 0
 Hindu 0.8 0
 Sikh 0.6 0.5
 None/agnostic/atheist/spiritual 39.9 38.2
Importance accorded to religion/spirituality (1–5)
 Mean (SD) 2.26 (1.25) 1.92 (1.19)
Highest completed education level
 Elementary School 0.2 1.3
 High School 7.0 14.6
 Trade School 5.3 12.8
 CEGEP/College 19.8 18.9
 University 66.9 52.4
Are you a Healthcare Professional: Yes 26.5 7.8
Relationship Status
 Married 57.9 40.0
 Common-law 37.9 53.9
 Single 2.6 2.5
 Divorced/separated 0.3 0.5
 Other 0.5 1.0
Already has a child 45.8 39.0
With Down Syndrome 0.6 0.3
With physical or intellectual disability 1.0 0.3
Does anyone close to you have a child with Down Syndrome 7.7 9.0
Current pregnancy is
 Low-risk for DS 64.1 60.1
 High-risk for DS 11.2 11.0
 Unsure 23.5 28.9
Current pregnancy was conceived   
Naturally 89.6 91.3
Using IVF 5.4 4.4
Using ART other than IVF 2.7 4.4
Has had prenatal screening in a previous pregnancy 32.5 25.7
Has had prenatal diagnosis (chorionic villus sampling or amniocentesis) in a previous pregnancy 6.7 8.2
Who provided you info re current screening, NIPT or amnio
 Family physician 41.2 28.6
 Ob/gyn 31.4 25.3
 Nurse 15.9 20.2
 Midwife 12.4 4.3
 Genetic counsellor 7.9 8.4
 Medical geneticist 6.9 9.1
 Other (mostly the pregnant partner) N/A 33.2