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Thank you for completing this questionnaire investigating fathers' views of early labour. It should take no longer than 10 minutes. You will be asked to complete 5 questions about yourself, followed by a series of questions concerning your experience of being with your partner during early labour.

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* 1. Your age

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* 2. Please give the first part of your postcode (e.g. ST18 or W3)

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* 3. Your occupation

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* 4. Your ethnicity

This survey is about your most recent experience of labour. The questions refer to ‘the baby’ but if you had twins, they are meant to include you as well!

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* 5. Was your baby born in the UK?

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* 6. Did your partner give birth in...

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* 7. Was this your partner's first baby?

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* 8. Was this your first baby?

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* 9. When was your baby born? (dd/mm/yyyy)

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* 10. How was your baby born? (If you had twin babies, you might need to tick more than one box)

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* 11. Did you attend antenatal classes? (Please tick all that apply)

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* 12. How long were you at home with your partner while she was in labour?

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* 13. Did you yourself speak to a midwife or other health professional during the time your partner was labouring at home?

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* 14. Did your partner speak to a midwife or other health professional during the time she was labouring at home and pass on information to you?

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* 15. If you did not speak to a midwife or health professional while your partner was labouring at home, would you have liked to?

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* 16. Which of the following words describes how you felt while you were with your partner when she was labouring at home? (Please tick all that apply)

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* 17. What did you do to help your partner during her labour at home? (Please tick all that apply)

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* 18. What did you do for yourself while your partner was labouring at home? (Please tick all that apply)

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* 19. If you packed a bag for yourself, please tell us what you put in.

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* 20. On a scale of 1 to 10 where 1 = totally relaxed and 10 = totally stressed, how did you feel during the time you were at home with your partner in labour?

  1 (totally relaxed) 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 (totally stressed)
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If your partner gave birth at home, please now go to question 26.

If your partner gave birth in a hospital or a birth centre or a midwife-led unit, please answer questions 21 to 25.

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* 21. Was early labour at home as you expected it to be?

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* 22. How worried were you about the following issues during the time you were at home with your partner in labour? Please select 1 response per row

  Very worried Worried Not worried
Getting to the hospital/birth centre/midwife-led unit in time
How much pain my partner was in
Whether I was helping my partner enough
Whether I should call the midwife/health professional to ask for advice
Whether my partner would be all right
Whether my baby would be all right

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* 23. Do you think your state of mind had an impact on how your partner was feeling?

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* 24. Who made the decision to go to the hospital/birth centre/midwife-led unit?
(You may have gone to the hospital/birth centre/midwife-led unit on more than one occasion. Please answer this question in relation to the final time you went there with your partner.)

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* 25. Please tell us anything else you would like to tell us about the time you spent at home with your partner before she went to the hospital, birth centre or midwife-led unit to give birth.

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* 26. Please tell us anything else you would like to tell us about your experience of home birth.

You have now finished this survey. Thank you for your time and effort in completing it. Your responses will help provide better care for fathers.

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