Table 5 Number and percentage of mothers who accessed sources of help and advice (other than MCH nurse service)
8–10 months10–12 months
Intervention, n = 163Control, n = 147Intervention, n = 163Control, n = 146
Professional, n (%)
    Parenting centre: day4 (2.5)7 (4.8)3 (1.8)4 (2.7)
    Parenting centre: overnight4 (2.5)11 (7.5)3 (1.8)4 (2.7)
    Telephone support2 (1.2)3 (2.0)5 (3.1)5 (3.4)
    Nurse visit0 (0)3 (2.0)1 (0.6)5 (3.4)
    Family doctor6 (3.7)9 (6.1)5 (3.1)7 (4.8)
    Paediatrician2 (1.2)3 (2.0)1 (0.6)3 (2.1)
    Chiropractor/osteopath3 (1.8)5 (3.4)2 (1.2)3 (2.1)
    All professional sources, n (%)*†14 (8.6)31 (21.1)18 (11.0)26 (17.8)
Non-professional, n (%)
    Mother (in-law)25 (15.3)15 (10.2)17 (10.4)13 (8.9)
    Friends/parent group39 (23.9)35 (23.8)31 (19.0)22 (15.1)
    Written information/video20 (12.3)20 (13.6)12 (7.4)11 (7.5)
    All non-professional sources‡,§48 (29.4)43 (29.3)35 (21.5)26 (17.8)
    All non-professional/professional sources¶**54 (33.1)64 (43.5)46 (28.2)39 (26.7)
  • *Odds ratio (95% CI) 0.37 (0.17 to 0.80), p = 0.01 at 8–10 months; †odds ratio (95% CI) 0.55 (0.30 to 0.98), p = 0.04 at 10–12 months; ‡odds ratio (95% CI) 1.01 (0.62 to 1.63), p = 0.98 at 8–10 months; §odds ratio (95% CI) 1.18 (0.75 to 1.86), p = 0.47 at 10–12 months; ¶odds ratio (95% CI) 0.65 (0.40 to 1.05), p = 0.08 at 8–10 months; **odds ratio (95% CI) 1.04 (0.66 to 1.64), p = 0.88 at 10–12 months.