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Table 1 Characteristics of the sample (N = 150)

From: Midwives’ empathy and shared decision making from women’s perspective - sensitivity of an assessment to compare quality of care in prenatal and obstetric care

  M S.D.
Age 32.6 3.7
Frequencies (n) (%)
Age
 <  30 years 30 20.0
 30–35 years 85 56.7
 > 35 years 35 23.3
Nationality
 German 146 97.3
 Another nationality 4 2.7
Education
 Secondary (general) & specialized school 69 46.0
 Grammar or high school 79 52.7
 Other 2 1.3
Completed vocational training, higher education
 Apprenticeship 35 23.3
 Vocational school 25 16.7
 Technical school 26 17.3
 Engineering school 2 1.3
 University, college 57 38.0
 Other 5 3.3
Marital status
 Married, lives with spouse 115 76.7
 Separated/divorced/widowed/single mother 35 23.3
Insurance status
 Statutory insurance 130 86.7
 Private insurance 20 13.3
Net-household income (monthly)
 500 to less than 2000 €/month 20 13.3
 2000 to less than 5, 000 €/month 115 76.7
  ≥ 5000 €/month 15 10.0
Birth experience
 Primipara 90 60.0
 Two or more children born 60 40.00
Premature birth
 Yes 7 4.7
 No 143 95.3
High-risk pregnancy
 Yes 27 18.0
 No 120 80.0
 I don’t know 3 2.0
Mode of childbirth
 Vaginal spontaneous birth 112 74.7
 Intended caesarean birth 8 5.3
 Unscheduled caesarean section/emergency caesarean-section 30 20.0
  1. M mean, S.D. standard deviation