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Table 3 Factor loading for the Questionnaire for Assessing the Childbirth Experience (QACE)a (n = 530)

From: Adaptation of short version of questionnaire for assessing the childbirth experience (QACE) to the Iranian culture

Item F1: Relationship with staff F2: First moments with the newborn F3: Feelings at 1 month postpartum F4: Emotional status
1. I felt worried     0.693
2. I felt secure     0.957
3. I felt confident     0.791
4. The staff understood and fulfilled my wishes in a satisfactory manner 0.955    
5. I felt emotionally supported by the staff who took care of me 0.970    
6. The staff kept me informed of what was happening 0.931    
7. I felt I could express myself and give my opinion about decisions about me 0.969    
8. I was able to see my baby for the first time in a satisfactory manner   0.936   
9. I held my baby for the first time when I felt like it   0.968   
10. The first moments with my baby corresponded with what I had imagined prior to giving birth   0.908   
11. I am proud of myself    0.526  
12. I feel regret    0.794  
13. I have a feeling of failure    0.866  
Percent of variance explained 36.3 19.1 10.9 10.5
Total = 77.0
Mean (Standard Deviation)b 1.7 (0.8) 1.3 (0.7) 1.1 (0.3) 2.4 (0.8)
Total = 1.6 (0.4)
Cronbach’s alpha 0.82 0.77 0.80 0.79
Total = 0.82
Intraclass Correlation Coefficient (95% CI) 0.93 (0.81 to 0.97) 0.97 (0.93 to 0.99) 0.98 (0.95 to 0.99) 0.96 (0.90 to 0.98)
Total = 0.83 (0.56 to 0.93)
  1. a Extraction Method: Principal Axis Factoring. Rotation Method: Oblimin with Kaiser Normalization; bPossiable range: 1–4