Table 1 Relative importance of personal and systemic factors in decisions about where to give birth

Rated on a 4-point Likert scale where 1—not at all important, 2—somewhat important, 3—important, 4—very important.

Closeness to home3.42
Easy for partner to be present3.41
Easy for coach to be present3.21
Availability of neonatal intensive care unit3.18
Availability of cesarean sections3.12
Familiarity of health care workers3.07
Time away from work and children2.89
Availability of pediatricians2.79
Availability of obstetricians2.75
Care in a centre with a high number of deliveries2.59
Availability of epidural anesthesia in the city2.41