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Table 2 Prevalence of good practices in normal labor and birth (WHO)

From: Good practices according to WHO’s recommendation for normal labor and birth and women’s assessment of the care received: the “birth in Brazil” national research study, 2011/2012

Good practices WHO Excellent Good Regular Poor Very poor
n % n % n % n % n %
Empathic support from caregivers 1751 42.1 1868 44.9 352 8.6 68 1.6 116 2.8
Privacy in birthing place 1717 41.3 1955 47.1 323 7.8 75 1.7 85 2.1
Clarity of the information/explanation 1589 38.2 1880 45.2 448 10.8 124 3.1 114 2.7
Receiving information/explanation 1139 27.4 2230 53.7 546 13.1 140 3.4 101 2.4
  Yes No       
Women’s choice of companions 2907 90.7 298 9.3       
Free nutricion 1412 34.5 2744 65.5       
Freedom position/movement 1871 45.0 2285 55.0       
Use of non-pharmacological methods 2618 37.5 1538 62.5       
Skin to skin contact 1413 34.1 2732 65.9       
Initiationof breast-feeding in birthing place 2010 48.6 2139 51.6       
  No Partial Yes     
Presence of companion 962 23.1 2192 52.8 1008 24.1