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Table 3 The experience of delivering during the lockdown among new mothers

From: The perception of Italian pregnant women and new mothers about their psychological wellbeing, lifestyle, delivery, and neonatal management experience during the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown: a web-based survey

  Parameter Category N = 139  %
Delivery and obstetrics care Delivery mode Vaginal Eutocic 96 69.1 %
Vaginal dystonic 22 15.8 %
Caesarean section 21 15.1 %
Presence of partner during delivery (N = 118) b Yes 109 92.4 %
No 9 15.8 %
Worried about receiving lower quality assistance because of the pandemic a Yes 60 44.1 %
No 76 55.9 %
Reality versus expectations for you a As expected 67 50.7 %
Better 50 36.2 %
Worst 18 13.0 %
Neonatal care and breastfeeding Required neonatal intensive care Yes 15 10.8 %
No 124 89.2 %
Worried about receiving lower quality neonatal assistance a Yes 36 26.0 %
No 102 74.0 %
Reality versus expectations for your baby As expected 83 59.7 %
Better 42 30.2 %
Worst 14 10.1 %
Influence of restrictions on neonatal management No influence 43 30.9 %
Negative influence 85 61.2 %
Positive influence 11 7.9 %
Breastfeeding during hospital stay Yes 131 94.0 %
No 8 6.0 %
Type of nutrition Exclusive breastfeeding 98 70.5 %
Formula feeding 38 27.3 %
Human donor milk 3 2.2 %
Continued breastfeeding after discharge Yes 132 95.0 %
No 7 5.0 %
Still breastfeeding at the time of survey Yes 126 90.6 %
No 13 9.4 %
Influence of restrictions on breastfeeding No influence 78 56.1 %
Negative influence 51 36.7 %
Positive influence 10 7.2 %
Who supported you for breastfeeding after the discharge (more than one choice available) Midwife c 36 55.4 % d
Partner 27 41.5 % d
Relative or friend 18 27.7 % d
Pediatrician 4 6.1 % d
No support 74 53.2 %
  1. a Presence of missing data for these variables. Percentages were calculated on total of respondents: Afraid of receiving worst assistance for the pandemic (N = 136), Reality versus expectations (N = 135), Afraid of receiving a worse neonatal assistance (N = 138); bPercentages were calculated on total of non-caesarean deliveries (N = 118); c This is the total of respondents declared any type of assistance in breastfeeding after discharge by midwife (n = 36). Among these, 20 new mothers claimed that they had assistance by a private midwife, another 20 by midwife of public surgery, and/or 5 by midwife of the hospital where they delivered. Total number is bigger than the frequency shown in Table 3 (n = 36) because this question allowed more than one choice. d Percentages were calculated on the total of women who claimed to have received support for breastfeeding after the discharge (N = 65)