Table 3
Models of birthBiomedical modelHumanised modelp Value
TA
N (%)
A
N (%)
D
N (%)
TD
N (%)
TA
N (%)
A
N (%)
D
N (%)
TD
N (%)
Professional support
 All my labour carers were very supportive.147 (72.1)53 (26)4 (2)0 (0)173 (85.6)29 (14.4)0 (0)0 (0)0.001
 Carers always listened very, very carefully to everything that I had to say.143 (70.1)56 (27.5)4 (2)1 (0.5)173 (85.6)29 (14.4)0 (0)0 (0)0.001
 During labour, there was always a carer to explain things so that I could understand.146 (71.6)46 (22.5)9 (4.4)3 (1.5)158 (78.2)39 (19.3)4 (2)1 (0.5)0.265
 All my carers treated me in the most friendly and courteous manner possible.*150 (73.5)43 (21.1)9 (4.4)2 (1)181 (89.6)21 (10.4)0 (0)0 (0)0.0005
 My carers couldn't have been more helpful.153 (75)50 (24.5)1 (0.5)0 (0)175 (86.6)27 (13.4)0 (0)0 (0)0.009
Expectations
 My labour went totally normally,*103 (51)76 (37.6)16 (7.9)7 (3.5)117 (58.2)59 (29.4)19 (9.5)6 (3)0.339
 The labour went nearly exactly as I had hoped that it would.68 (33.7)77 (38.1)34 (16.8)23 (11.4)97 (48.3)55 (27.4)27 (13.4)22 (10.9)0.022
 The delivery went almost completely as I had hoped that it would.63 (31)71 (35)47 (23.2)22 (10.8)94 (46.8)55 (27.4)40 (19.9)12 (6)0.009
 My labour was just about the right length.90 (44.6)79 (39.1)17 (21.1)16 (7.9)105 (52.2)56 (27.9)25 (20.9)15 (7.5)0.085
Holding baby
 I got to see my baby at exactly the right time after she/he was born.189 (92.6)14 (6.9)1 (0.5)0 (0)192 (95.5)6 (3)1 (0.5)2 (1)0.158
 After my baby was born, I was not given him/her quite as soon as I wanted.17 (8.4)19 (9.4)51 (25.1)116 (57.1)15 (7.5)31 (15.4)7 (3.5)148 (73.6)0.002
 I needed to hold my baby a little earlier than I did.14 (6.9)24 (11.9)52 (25.7)112 (55.4)14 (7)9 (4.5)37 (18.4)141 (70.1)0.005
Support from husband
 My birth partner/husband helped me to understand what was going on when I was in labour.115 (58.7)62 (31.6)16 (8.2)3 (1.5)146 (72.6)38 (18.9)11 (5.5)6 (3)0.010
 My birth partner/husband couldn't have supported me any better.163 (81.9)30 (15.1)4 (2)2 (1)182 (90.5)18 (9)0 (0)1 (0.5)0.039
 I could have had a bit more help from my birth partner/husband.116 (59.5)46 (23.6)11 (5.6)22 (11.3)137 (67.8)34 (16.8)12 (5.9)19 (9.4)0.298
  • *Items which contribute more to the discrimination of the two models of maternity care.

  • A, agree; D, disagree; TA, totally agree; TD, totally disagree.