Table 3: A picture of participant 75 (P75) birth experience based on comments made whilst responding to questions on the 30-item-BSS.

Thought the pain would have been worse and would want more pain relief (P75).
Apart from one break (P75).
Pain got sore after a few hours and asked for gas and air. Felt I coped well through the contractions without pain relief (P75).
Midwife very good - she encouraged me to use birth pool for my back pain which was a great help with no pain relief (P75).
It was painful at the time but after the birth felt good and in control. Thought the pain would have been a lot worse (P75).
At the final stage the pain was sore (P75).
Baby was 3 weeks early - hadn't done my birth plan yet (P75).