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Table 1 Characteristics by type of midwifery education after completed nursing education

From: Norwegian midwives’ opinion of their midwifery education – a mixed methods study

  One year midwifery education with internship n = 393 Two year midwifery education without internship n = 154 Total
N = 547
X2 test
  n (%) n (%) n (%) P-value
Age
 25–29 0 12 (7.8) 12 (2.2) <0.001
 30–34 0 64 (41.6) 64 (11.7)  
 35–39 24 (6.1) 39 (25.3) 63 (11.5)  
 40–49 105 (26.7) 35 (22.7) 140 (25.6)  
 50–59 192 (48.9) 4 (2.6) 196 (35.8)  
  ≥ 60 72 (18.3) 0 72 (13.2)  
Civil status
 Married/co-habiting 334 (85.0) 136 (88.3) 470 (85.9) 0.315
 Not married/co-habiting 59 (15.0) 18 (11.7) 77 (14.1)  
Main area of work
 Community A/N care 95 (24.2) 12 (7.8) 107 (19.6) <0.001
 Labour 90 (22.9) 55 (35.7) 145 (26.5)  
 Out-patients Department 34 (8.7) 5 (3.7) 39 (7.1)  
 Postnatal ward 17 (4.3) 9 (5.8) 26 (4.8)  
 Combined labour & postnatal 99 (25.2) 64 (41.6) 163 (29.8)  
 Midwifery led unit 14 (3.6) 5 (3.2) 19 (3.5)  
 Education/Management 21 (5.3) 2 (1.3) 23 (4.2)  
 Other 23 (5.9) 2 (1.3) 25 (4.6)  
Years worked as a midwife
  < 1 year 0 12 (7.8) 12 (2.2) <0.001
 1 to 2 years 1 (0.3) 21 (13.6) 22 (4.0)  
  ≥ 2 to 5 years 1 (0.3) 50 (32.5) 51 (9.3)  
  ≥ 5 to 10 years 20 (5.1) 67 (43.5) 87 (15.9)  
  ≥ 10 to 20 years 162 (41.2) 2 (1.3) 164 (30.0)  
  ≥ 20 years 209 (53.2) 0 209 (38.2)  
 Missing 0 2 (1.3) 2 (0.4)  
Highest level of education achieved
 Bachelor 101 (25.7) 123 (79.9) 224 (41.0) <0.001
 Masters 28 (7.1) 9 (5.8) 37 (6.8) 0.592
 Studying now 26 (6.6) 18 (11.7) 44 (8.0) 0.050
Current job
 Fulltime 185 (47.1) 62 (40.3) 247 (45.2) 0.092
 Part-time 201 (51.1) 88 (57.1) 289 (52.8)  
 Bank/Pool 3 (0.8) 4 (2.6) 7 (1.3)  
 Missing 4 (1.0) 0 4 (0.7)  
Number of births at unit
 Not applicable 21 (18.3) 6 (3.9) 78 (14.3) <0.001
  < 500 57 (14.5) 19 (12.3) 76 (13.9)  
 500–1500 74 (18.8) 23 (14.9) 97 (17.7)  
  ≥ 1500–2500 58 (14.8) 27 (17.5) 85 (15.5)  
  ≥ 2500–4000 53 (13.5) 32 (20.8) 85 (15.5)  
  ≥ 4000 79 (20.1) 46 (29.9) 125 (22.9)  
 Missing 0 1 (0.6) 1 (0.2)