Having a support person from early labor until after childbirth (such
doula, nurse, midwife, or childbirth educator) has a
proven, positive effect on childbirth.
Women who have continuous one-on-one
support through labor may be more likely to:1
Give birth without pain medicine
Describe their birth experience positively.
Give birth without certain interventions, such as cesarean or vacuum delivery.
Have slightly shorter labors.
Although there is not a proven direct connection between continuous
support and less labor pain, having a support person does help you feel more
control and less fear, which are strong elements of mental pain control.
Hodnett ED, et al. (2011). Continuous support for
women during childbirth. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews (2).
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