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Table 5 Women’s feelings, opinions, knowledge and permission statement for conducting VE during childbirth

From: The paradox of vaginal examination practice during normal childbirth: Palestinian women’s feelings, opinions, knowledge and experiences

Feelings Frequency (%)
N* = 176
Pain 142 (82)
Discomfort 119 (68)
Embarrassment 9 (5)
Assuring 8 (5)
Opinions  
Beneficial 166 (94)
Not necessary 13 (7)
When necessary 11 (6)
Knowledge evaluation  
Correct** 143 (82)
Partially correct§ 23 (13)
Not correct ¶ 6 (3)
I don’t know 2 (1)
Permission statement  
Instructions 135 (77)
Information 50 (28)
Complaint 18 (10)
Women requested VE 6 (3)
  1. *Total N may exceed 176 as women may have reported more than one response.
  2. ** All responses were correct.
  3. § At least one response was correct.
  4. ¶ No correct response.