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Table 6 Sensitivity analysis of all respondents (n = 449)

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

  Bootstrapped mean costs of home birth group1 Bootstrapped mean costs of short-stay hospital birth group2 Differences (mean (2.5th percentile, 97.5th percentile)) Mean costs of home birth group1
N = 255 (56.8%)
Mean costs of short-stay hospital birth group2
N = 194 (43.2%)
Week 16 -- 28      
Cost of contacts with health care professionals €105.17 €106.03 1 (-11, 12) €105.00 €106.09
Cost of medication €6.56 €4.51 -2 (-5, 1) €6.54 €4.47
Cost of hospitalisation €11.00 €0 -11 (-29, 0) €10.71 €0
Subtotal week 16 -- 28 €121.89 €110.51 -11 (-40, 8) €122.26 €110.56
Week 29 -- 42      
Cost of contacts with health care professionals €221.33 €234.34 13 (-13, 38) €221.42 €234.39
Cost of medication €14.51 €9.31 -5 (-13, 0) €14.38 €9.29
Cost of hospitalisation €253.19 €212.31 -41 (-199, 138) €249.51 €213.27
Subtotal week 29 -- 42 €486.30 €454.71 -32 (-214, 147) €485.31 €456.95
Delivery      
Cost of contacts with health care professionals €138.92 €87.61 -51 (-69, -34)* €139.23 €87.88
Cost of hospitalisation €50.69 €42.87 -8 (-33, 19) €50.51 €42.25
Cost of medical interventions €461.52 €468.69 7 (-42, 60) €462.35 €468.35
Cost of pain control €7.63 €8.69 1 (-2, 5) €7.63 €8.70
Subtotal delivery €659.26 €606.83 -52 (-115, 6) €659.72 €607.18
Postpartum care      
Cost of contacts with health care professionals €164.42 €153.61 -11 (-23, 1) € 164,25 €153.66
Cost of maternity care assistance at home €1,505.53 €1,309.11 -196 (-297, -96)* € 1.504,75 €1,307.65
Cost of help from family and friends €27.05 €35.10 8 (-8, 27) € 26,87 €34.85
Cost of medication €6.47 €5.30 -1 (-4, 1) € 6,57 €5.29
Cost of hospitalisation mother €680.63 €895.09 214 (35, 395)* € 679,63 €893.33
Cost of hospitalisation child €609.90 €870.89 261 (-54, 633) € 606,16 €871.20
Subtotal postpartum care €2,988.07 €3,259.98 272 (-140, 702) €2.988,24 €3,265.99
Transportation costs during delivery €34.33 €21.37 -13 (-28, 4) €34,26 €21.44
Extra costs incurred by responders €69.03 €71.28 2 (-12, 17) €68,90 €71.56
Total health care costs €4,225.98 €4,401.77 176 (-352, 730) €4.228,66 €4,405.84
Total non-health care cost €130.03 €128.17 -2 (-29, 26) €130,03 €127.85
Total costs €4,364.42 €4,541.22 177 (-313, 734) €4.358,69 €4,533.68
  1. 1 Costs of women who intended to give birth at home
  2. 2 Costs of women who intended to give birth in a short-stay hospital setting
  3. * p < 0.05