Studies of Doulas and Their Impact on Families
A review by Cochrane (a prestigious international organization that prepares and keeps up-to-date systematic reviews in many areas of health and medicine) on the effect of "Continuous Support for Women During Childbirth*" has drawn astonishing conclusions. The primary objective of this review was to assess the effects, on mothers and their babies, of continuous, one-to-one intrapartum support as compared to usual care.
Fifteen trials involving 12,791 women were included. After review and analysis of the data, the researchers offered the following synopsis: Continuous labor support reduces a woman's likelihood of having pain medications, increases her satisfaction and chances for 'spontaneous ' birth, and has no known risks. Supportive care during labor may involve emotional support, information and comfort measures. Such care may enhance normal labor processes and thus reduce need for obstetric intervention. The reviewer's offered the following conclusion: All women should have support throughout labor and birth.
*Hodnett ED, Gates S, Hofmeyr GJ, Sakala C. Continuous support for women during childbirth (Cochrane Review). In: The Cochrane Library, Issue 3, 2003. Oxford: Update Software.
The Benefits of Labour Doula Support:
Effects on Birth Outcomes:
Effects on the Mother:
Effects on the Baby:
Effects on the Health Care System:
The Benefit of Continuous Support in Labor is Recognized by:
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