Table 5: Explanatory variables that influenced birth satisfaction.

Lack of confidence in ability to deliver (i.e., nervous or anxious).
Looked to maternity unit staff for expertise and to build confidence.
Had no expectations of how the birth would progress.
Had a different expectation to what actually happened.
Wanted to be left alone to get on with it.
Had the labour they wanted.
Had a clear birth plan/informed decision making.
Was upset by deviation from birth plan.
Ante-natal preparation/previous experience.
No preparation.
Previous bad birth experience.