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Table 1 Sociodemographic characteristics of users of the midwifery network compared to women, who organised postpartum care themselves

From: Evaluation of a midwifery network to guarantee outpatient postpartum care: a mixed methods study

CharacteristicsWhole study population
n = 13,241
Users of the midwifery networka
n = 1544
Women organising postpartum care themselvesa
n = 11,697
p-value
Sociodemographic characteristics
Age in years, md (min-max)33 (16–59)32 (17–56)33 (16–59)< 0.001
Swiss nationality, n (%)7202 (55.6)479 (31.6)6723 (58.7)< 0.001
Living in partnership, (n (%)12,682 (98.4)1445 (97.0)11,237 (98.5)< 0.001
Highest vocational education   < 0.001
 No voc. Education, n (%)1408 (11.2)374 (25.7)1034 (9.3) 
 Apprenticeship/high school education, n (%)5793 (46.2)587 (40.35206 (47.0) 
Higher education/university, n (%)5333 (42.6)496 (34.0)4837 (43.7) 
Employed, n (%)9350 (74.0)927 (62.4)8423 (75.5)< 0.001
Full time employedb, n (%)3243 (37.9)406 (48.3)2837 (36.8)< 0.001
Obstetric and perinatal characteristic
Parityc   < 0.001
  First child, n (%)4741 (50.3)682 (57.0)4059 (49.3) 
  Second child, n (%)3466 (36.8)350 (29.2)3116 (37.9) 
  Third child and more, n (%)1218 (12.9)165 (13.8)1053 (12.8) 
Mode of birth   < 0.001
  Spontanous vaginal, n (%)6984 (55.2)748 (48.6)6236 (56.2) 
  Instrumental vaginal, n (%)1208 (9.6)138 (9.0)1070 (9.6) 
  Caesarean section, n (%)4452 (35.2)652 (42.4)3800 (34.2) 
  1. a All living in the canton of Zurich
  2. b Before giving birth, out of women, who were employed, n = 8556
  3. c 28.8% missing values