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Table 1 Characters of the participants (n = 1975)

From: Postpartum practices of puerperal women and their influencing factors in three regions of Hubei, China

  Urban (n = 637) Suburban (n = 628) Rural (n = 710) Total (n = 1975)
  n % n % n % n %
Age (years)         
< 25 157 24.7 204 32.5 216 30.4 577 29.2
25–30 364 57.1 329 52.4 291 41.0 984 49.8
> 30 116 18.2 95 15.1 203 28.6 414 21.0
Education         
Primary school and lower 22 3.5 30 4.8 288 40.6 340 17.2
Middle school 214 33.6 365 58.1 400 56.3 979 49.6
High school 223 35.0 165 26.3 22 3.1 410 20.8
College and above 178 27.9 68 10.8 0 0 246 12.5
Husband's education         
Primary school and lower 9 1.4 21 3.3 113 15.9 143 7.2
Middle school 183 28.7 360 57.3 515 72.5 1058 53.6
High school 218 34.2 166 26.4 81 11.4 465 23.5
College and above 227 35.6 81 12.9 1 0.1 309 15.7
Occupation         
Laborer 136 21.4 122 19.4 7 1.0 265 13.4
Farmer 33 5.2 186 29.6 689 97.0 908 46.0
Technical 62 9.8 63 10.0 3 0.4 128 6.5
Government official 57 8.7 8 1.3 0 0 65 3.3
Trader 69 10.9 18 2.9 1 0.1 88 4.5
House duty 279 43.9 231 36.8 10 1.4 520 26.3
Parity         
Primiparous 591 92.8 567 90.3 482 67.9 1640 83.0
Multiparous 46 7.22 61 9.71 228 32.12 335 16.96
Delivery way         
Cesarean section 334 52.4 239 38.1 74 10.4 647 32.8
Vaginal delivery 303 47.6 389 61.9 636 89.6 1328 67.2