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Table 2 Mothers’ characteristics related to the day when they gave birth in health facilities, within one year of the study start date, in six districts of southern Mozambique between 2015 and 2016

From: Mothers’ satisfaction with care during facility-based childbirth: a cross-sectional survey in southern Mozambique

Variables Frequency Percentage (%)
Parity (n = 3778)
 One 1037 27.4
 Two to four 1937 51.3
 Five and more 804 21.3
Districts where the mothers gave birth (n = 3778)
 Bilene-Macia 871 23.1
 Chibuto 588 15.6
 Chokwe 314 8.3
 Magude 359 9.5
 Manhiça 1109 29.3
 Xai-Xai 537 14.2
Distance from home to the nearest health facility, km (n = 3753)
  < 1.0 619 16.5
  ≥ 1.0 to < 2.5 1108 29.5
  ≥ 2.5 to < 5.0 895 23.9
  ≥ 5.0 to < 7.5 433 11.5
  ≥ 7.5 698 18.6
Mean of transportation from home to the health facility (n = 3778)
 Walking 1900 50.3
 Taxi mini bus 1127 29.8
 Private car 557 14.7
 Ambulance 161 4.3
 Motorcycle/tuktuk/bicycle 33 0.9
Time took from home to the health facility (n = 3778)
  < 30 min 1633 43.2
  ≥ 30 min to < 1 h 1495 39.6
  ≥ 1 h to < 3 h 537 14.2
  ≥ 3 h 37 1.0
 Don’t know 76 2.0
Type of health facility where the mothers gave birth (n = 3778)
 Type II health centre * 2268 60.0
 Type I health centre ** 621 16.4
 Hospital 889 23.6
Referred to hospital (n = 3778)
 Yes 309 8.2
 No 3469 91.8
Duration of labour (n = 3400)
  < 12 h 682 20.0
  ≥ 12 to < 24 h 764 22.5
  ≥ 24 h 1954 57.5
Type of childbirth (n = 3778)
 Spontaneous vaginally 3619 95.8
 Ventouse 19 0.5
 Caesarean section 140 3.7
Presence of companion throughout the childbirth (n = 3778)
 Yes 2095 55.5
 No 1683 44.5
Type of companion (n = 2095)
 Mother-in-law 971 46.3
 Mother 341 16.3
 Husband/partner 106 5.1
 Friend/neighbour 119 5.7
 Others 558 26.6
Outcome (n = 3778)
 Livebirth 3691 97.7
 Stillbirth 87 2.3
  1. * Type II health centre – the smallest primary health care facilities, designed to serve between 7500 and 20,000 inhabitants, staffed by at least three nurses (one should be midwife) and one auxiliary nurse. They offer outpatient services including reproductive and child health services and uncomplicated deliveries
  2. ** Type I health centre – is bigger than type II and serves areas with between 16,000 and 35,000 inhabitants. The team is larger and more qualified. It includes a medical officer, at least six nurses (two should be midwives), one professional with basic qualifications for the pharmacy, one for the laboratory, and one for the radiology sections, and six auxiliary nurses