Continuous support for women during childbirth

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Cochrane Pregnancy and Childbirth Group

Continuous support in labour may improve a number of outcomes for both mother and baby, and no adverse outcomes have been identified. Continuous support from a person who is present solely to provide support, is not a member of the woman’s own network, is experienced in providing labour support, and has at least a modest amount of training (such as a doula), appears beneficial. In comparison with having no companion during labour, support from a chosen family member or friend appears to increase women’s satisfaction with their experience. Future research should explore how continuous support can be best provided in different contexts. http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/14651858.CD003766.pub6/full

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