Table 6

Comparison of AOB participants to MESa participants

Characteristic

AOB

%

Alberta

%

Canada

%


Demographic characteristics

≥35 years

24.1

15.6

17.5

Postsecondary completed

76.3

69.5

72.1

>$40K

92.3

77.8

72.6

Primiparousb

48.9

46.0

44.7

Pre-pregnancy BMI (mean)

24.3

24.4

24.4

Pregnancy characteristicsc

Number of prenatal care visits (mean)

12.8

13.0

12.9

Gestational age at first prenatal care visit (mean)

9.1

7.2

7.5

Initiated prenatal care in first trimester (<14 weeks)

93.1

94.9

94.9

First ultrasound <18weeks

85.6

63.4

66.8

Attended prenatal or childbirth education classes

41.2

33.4

32.7

Satisfied with timing of pregnancy

52.6

50.9

49.5

Feeling happyd upon realization of pregnancy

87.0

90.8

93.0

Intended to breastfeed

96.2

93.8

90.0

Delivery and postpartum experiences

Preterm birth rate

7.3

6.3

6.2

Caesarean section delivery

24.5

27.3

26.3

Short length of maternal stay in hospital

Vaginal (<2 days)

66.8

60.7

33.6

Caesarean section (<4 days)

79.9

59.1

53.0

Initiated breastfeeding

97.8

94.6

90.3

Scoring ≥13 on Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale

5.1

6.5

7.5

Rated postpartum health as very good or excellent

53.9

73.6

72.5

Postpartum BMI (mean)

25.6

25.5

25.4


a Maternity Experiences Survey 2006-2007; comparisons involve singletons only

b according to status at birth

c assessed during postpartum in MES (retrospective recall); assessed during pregnancy in AOB

d “happy” derived from collapsing responses of “somewhat happy” and “very happy”

McDonald et al. BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2013 13(Suppl 1):S2   doi:10.1186/1471-2393-13-S1-S2

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