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Table 1 Characteristics of women with first and subsequent births

From: Are women birthing in New South Wales hospitals satisfied with their care?

Patient characteristics First birth Subsequent birth Total births
N = 2412 N = 2955 N = 5367
N (%) N (%) N (%)
Mode of birth    
 Vaginal 1720 (71.3) 2075 (70.2) 3795 (70.7)
 Caesarean 692 (28.7) 880 (29.8) 1572 (29.3)
Age group†    
 20-29 1245 (51.6) 925 (31.3) 2170 (40.4)
 30-39 1087 (45.1) 1809 (61.2) 2896 (54.0)
 40-49 76 (3.2) 213 (7.2) 289 (5.4)
 50-59 4 (0.2) 8 (0.3) 12 (0.2)
Language spoken at home*    
 English 1935 (80.2) 2465 (83.4) 4400 (82.0)
 Non-English 329 (13.6) 309 (10.5) 638 (11.9)
 Missing 148 (6.1) 181 (6.1) 329 (6.1)
Hospital location*    
 Metropolitan 1631 (64.6) 1737 (58.8) 3368 (62.8)
 Rural 781 (32.4) 1218 (41.2) 1999 (37.2)
Year surveyed*    
 2007 454 (18.8) 578 (19.6) 1032 (19.2)
 2008 485 (20.1) 594 (20.1) 1079 (20.1)
 2009 601 (24.9) 732 (24.8) 1333 (24.8)
 2010 351 (14.6) 503 (17.0) 854 (15.9)
 2011 521 (21.6) 548 (18.5) 1069 (19.9)
One particular doctor in charge of care in hospital    
 Yes 1163 (48.2) 1475 (49.9) 2638 (49.2)
 No/not sure 894 (37.1) 1045 (35.5) 1939 (36.1)
 Missing 355 (14.7) 435 (14.7) 791 (14.7)
Self-rated health*    
 Poor/fair 52 (2.2) 63 (2.1) 115 (2.1)
 Good 383 (15.9) 547 (18.5) 930 (17.3)
 Very good/excellent 1962 (81.3) 2319 (78.5) 4281 (79.8)
 Missing 15 (0.6) 26 (0.9) 41 (0.8)
  1. Significant differences between women experiencing first and subsequent births are noted as follows: *P < 0.05, †P < 0.001. Note: percentages in this table are unweighted.