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Table 2 Items Covered in the CEQ and Reverse scoring

From: Cross-cultural adaptation and psychometric evaluation of the Brazilian Portuguese version of the childbirth experience questionnaire

Number Item Item
Domain: Own Capacity (8 items)
1 Labor and birth went as I expected.
2 I felt strong during labor and birth.
4 I felt capable during labor and birth.
5a I was tired during labor and birth.
6 I felt happy during labor and birth.
19 I felt that I handled the situation well.
20a As a whole, how painful did you feel childbirth was?
21b As a whole, how much control did you feel you had during childbirth?
Domain: Professional Support (5 items)
13 The professional who accompanied my delivery devoted enough time to me.
14 The professional who accompanied my delivery devoted enough time to my partner.
15 The professional who accompanied my delivery kept me informed about what was happening during labor and birth.
16 The professional who accompanied my delivery understood my needs.
17 I felt very well cared by the professional who accompanied my delivery.
Domain: Perceived Security (6 items)
3a I felt scared during labor and birth.
7 I have many positive memories from childbirth.
8a I have many negative memories from childbirth.
9a Some of my memories fromo childbirth make me feel depressed.
18 My impression of the team’s medical skills made me feel secure.
22b As a whole, how secure did you feel during childbirth?
Domain: Participation (3 items)
10 I felt I could have a say whether I could be up and about or lie down.
11 I felt I could have a say in deciding my birthing position.
12 I felt I could have a say in the choice of pain relief.
  1. aReverse scoring
  2. bVisual Analog Scale