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Table 1 Description of mothers (N = 4189) recruited to the 2004 Pelotas Birth Cohort Study, Pelotas, Brazil, 2004.

From: Can mothers rely on the Brazilian health system for their deliveries? An assessment of use of the public system and out-of-pocket expenditure in the 2004 Pelotas Birth Cohort Study, Brazil

Variables N %
Ethnicity (N = 4141)   
   white 2555 61.7
   black 682 16.5
   mixed 904 21.8
Age (years) (N = 4187)   
   0–19 796 19.0
   20–29 2085 49.8
   30–39 1170 27.9
   40+ 136 3.3
Family income in minimum wages (N = 4177)   
   < 1 872 20.9
   1 – 2.9 1922 46.0
   3 – 6.9 938 22.5
   6 – 9.9 241 5.8
   10+ 204 4.9
Reference wealth quintiles – IEN* (N = 4186)   
   1 1006 24.0
   2 859 20.5
   3 905 21.6
   4 745 17.8
   5 671 16.0
Coverage by private health plan (N = 3945)   
   No 2602 66.0
   Yes 1343 34.0
  1. * National Economic Indicator, an asset index based wealth indicator used to classify families according to its distribution in the city of Pelotas.