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Table 2 Source of the recommendation to use herbal medicine in pregnancy according to region

From: Herbal medicine use in pregnancy: results of a multinational study

  Percentage of women indicating each recommendation source
  Total responses Own initiative Physician Family & friends Internet Midwife, nurse Pharmacy personnel Magazine or media Herbal shop Other**
  N % ± SE % ± SE % ± SE % ± SE % ± SE % ± SE % ± SE % ± SE % ± SE
Total 3,961 28.6 ± 0.7 21.6 ± 0.7 16.8 ± 0.6 11.3 ± 0.5 7.8 ± 0.4 6.1 ± 0.4 3.3 ± 0.3 3.0 ± 0.3 1.5 ± 0.2
Western Europe 1,315 27.6 ± 1.2 14.7 ± 1.0 18.6 ± 1.1 11.3 ± 0.9 10.2 ± 0.8 7.7 ± 0.7 4.0 ± 0.5 4.0 ± 0.5 2.1 ± 0.4
Northern Europe 548 31.9 ± 2.0 8.6 ± 1.2 19.2 ± 1.7 15.7 ± 1.6 9.1 ± 1.2 5.3 ± 1.0 3.6 ± 0.8 5.7 ± 1.0 0.9 ± 0.4
Eastern Europe 657 28.0 ± 1.8 34.5 ± 1.9 13.3 ±1.3 10.3 ± 1.2 4.9 ± 0.8 5.6 ± 0.9 2.6 ± 0.6 0.8 ± 0.3 *
North America 209 31.6 ± 3.2 8.6 ± 1.9 18.2 ± 2.7 11.5 ± 2.2 13.9 ± 2.4 2.4 ± 1.1 3.3 ± 1.2 3.8 ± 1.3 *
South America 71 22.5 ± 5.0 12.7 ± 4.0 36.6 ± 5.7 8.5 ± 3.3 * * 5.6 ± 2.7 9.9 ± 3.5 -
Australia 161 29.8 ± 3.6 9.9 ± 2.4 21.1 ± 3.2 9.3 ± 2.3 9.3 ± 2.3 8.1 ± 2.2 * 5.6 ± 1.8 *
  1. SE: Standard error. Standard errors were calculated for all percentages; however, where the SE > 50% the point estimate is not reported and an “*” is used.
  2. Note: Women were permitted to indicate more than one source for the recommendation to take an herbal medicine. **Includes sources such as prenatal yoga class or CAM practitioner.