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Table 1 Descriptive statistics of sample recruited

From: Women’s view on shared decision making and autonomy in childbirth: cohort study of Belgian women

Variable N (%)
Patient characteristics
 Age at giving birth
   ≥ 18 to 29 years 307 (49.8)
   ≥ 30 to 34 years 249 (40.4)
   ≥ 35 years 61 (9.9)
 Education
  No education, primary education or secondary education 104 (16.9)
  Bachelor degree 283 (45.9)
  Master degree 230 (37.3)
 Parity
  1 335 (54.3)
  2 216 (35.0)
   ≥ 3 66 (10.7)
Obstetrical characteristics
 Length of gestation
   ≤ 37 weeks 75 (12.2)
   ≥ 38–40 weeks 333 (54.0)
   > 40 weeks 209 (33.9)
 Mode of birth
  Natural birth 298 (48.3)
  Vacuum extraction 29 (4.7)
  Primary c-section 237 (38.4)
  Secondary c-section 53 (8.6)
 Epidural analgesia
  Yes 377 (61.1)
  No 240 (38.9)
Complications
 Complications during labour (woman and/or baby)
  Yes 177 (28.7)
  No 439 (71.2)
 Complications during birth (woman and/or baby)
  Yes 168 (27.2)
  No 449 (72.8)
 Complications after birth (woman and/or baby)
  Yes 121 (19.6)
  No 496 (80.4)