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Table 1 Main four domains and included items in Childbirth Experience Questionnaire (CEQ)

From: Childbirth Experience Questionnaire (CEQ): research proposal for translation and validation into Sinhala language among a Lankan cohort of women

DomainItems
Own capacityLabour and birth went as I had expected
I felt strong during labour and birth
I felt capable during labour and birth
I was tired during labour and birth
I felt happy during labour and birth
I felt that I handled the situation well
As a whole, how painful did you feel childbirth was?
As a whole, how much control did you feel you had during childbirth?
Professional supportMy midwife devoted enough time to me
My midwife devoted enough time to my partner
My midwife kept me informed about what was happening during labour and birth
My midwife understood my needs
I felt very well cared for by my midwife
Perceived safetyI felt scared during labour and birth
I have many positive memories from childbirth
I have many negative memories from childbirth
Some of my memories from childbirth make me feel depressed
My impression of the team’s medical skills made me feel secure
As a whole, how secure did you feel during childbirth?
ParticipationI felt I could have a say whether I could be up and about or lie down
I felt I could have a say in deciding my birthing position
I felt I could have a say in the choice of pain relief
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