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Table 6 Mistreatment, stratified by actual place of birth (n = 1954)

From: The Giving Voice to Mothers study: inequity and mistreatment during pregnancy and childbirth in the United States

  Hospital
(n = 759)
Birth Centre Inside Hospital
(n = 167)
Birth Centre Outside Hospital
(n = 157)
Home
(n = 871)
Transferred to hospital from community
(n = 107)
n (%) n (%) n (%) n (%) n (%)
Your private or personal information was shared without your consent 9 (1.2) 5 (3.0) 1 (0.6) 7 (0.8) 0 (0)
Your physical privacy was violated (i.e., being uncovered or having people in the delivery room without your consent) 78 (10.3) 15 (9.0) 1 (0.6) 7 (0.8) 13 (12.1)
Health care providers (doctors, midwives, or nurses) shouted at or scolded you 98 (12.9) 18 (10.8) 4 (2.5) 19 (2.2) 28 (26.2)
Health care providers threatened to withhold treatment or to force you to accept treatment you did not want 50 (6.6) 7 (4.2) 5 (3.2) 16 (1.8) 10 (9.3)
Health care providers threatened you in any other way 19 (2.5) 4 (2.4) 4 (2.5) 6 (0.7) 9 (8.4)
Health care providers ignored you, refused your request for help, or failed to respond to requests for help in a reasonable amount of time 96 (12.6) 18 (10.8) 4 (2.5) 20 (2.3) 19 (17.8)
You experienced physical abuse (including aggressive physical contact, inappropriate sexual conduct, a refusal to provide anesthesia for an episiotomy, etc.) 16 (2.1) 3 (1.8) 1 (0.6) 1 (0.1) 4 (3.7)
Any mistreatment (one or more of the above) 213 (28.1) 40 (24.0) 11 (7.0) 44 (5.1) 37 (34.6)