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The Human Touch: Nurse, Midwife and Doula

Continuous support during labor has clinically meaningful benefits for women and infants and no known harm

 

The Cochrane Collaboration conducted the study “Continuous Support for Women During Childbirth” in 2011 and concluded that:

“Continuous support during labor has clinically meaningful benefits for women and infants and no known harm.  All women should have support throughout labor and birth.”

This study clearly shows the emotional and mental benefits of having a close, intimate relationship with a professional before and during childbirth. The above study demonstrated that women receiving continuing support were most likely to give birth spontaneously and had a shorter labor. The role of mid-wife and doula in providing that extra human touch is therefore seen in easier pregnancies and births. Results for both mid-wife and doula successful labors are well-documented.

Additionally, according to the above study, women with continuous support used less pain medication and experienced slightly shorter labor. Their babies were also less likely to have low five-minute Apgar scores.

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