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Table 3 Characteristics of all womenat questionnaire 1 (n = 449). Numbers are % unless stated otherwise

From: Cost Analysis of the Dutch Obstetric System: low-risk nulliparous women preferring home or short-stay hospital birth - a prospective non-randomised controlled study

Variabele   Home birth
N = 255 (56.8%)
Short-stay hospital birth
N = 194 (43.2%)
P-value*
Age in years Mean (SD) 28.75 (3.89) 29.06 (3.90) 0.39
Body Mass Index Mean (SD) 23.79 (3.74) 23.51 (3.84) 0.43
Gestation age questionnaire 1 in weeks Mean (SD) 16.2 (4.1) 15.6 (3.7) 0.11
Cambridge Worry Scale Mean (SD) 1.67(0.44) 1.69(0.43) 0.678
Nationality respondent     0.235
Dutch   98.4 96.0  
West-European   0.4 1.5  
East-European   0 1.0  
Not European   1.2 1.5  
Nationality mother of the respondent     0.057
Dutch   97.2 92.3  
West-European   1.2 2.6  
East-European   0 1.0  
Not European   1.6 4.1  
Nationality father of the respondent     0.230
Dutch   95.6 90.8  
West-European   2.0 4.1  
East-European   0.4 1.0  
Not European   2.0 4.1  
Education     0.901
Elementary school   5.9 5.2  
Secondary school   40.0 38.7  
High school/University   54.1 56.1  
Income per month     0.870
< 2500 euro   24.0 21.7  
2500-3000 euro   27.5 22.7  
> 3000 euro   29.8 34.5  
no information   18.7 21.1  
Marital state     0.703
Married/cohabiting   98.4 99.0  
Single   1.6 1.0  
Distance to hospital     0.136
< 5 minutes   12.2 6.7  
5 - 10 minutes   23.1 28.9  
10 - 15 minutes   40.0 44.8  
> 15 minutes   24.3 19.1  
I do not know   0.4 0.5  
Participating in antenatal classes     0.171
Yes   60.9 52.1  
No   12.6 14.4  
I do not know   26.5 33.5  
First pregnancy     0.375
Yes   81.6 85.1  
No   18.4 14.9  
Comorbidity     0.189
Yes   15.8 22.2  
No   84.2 77.8  
  1. * p-value < 0.05 = significant
  2. ** Cambridge Worry Scale: 0 = no worries, 5 = a lot of worries