continuous support in labor

continuous support in labor

The presence of a trained professional (such as a doula), or a lay person, and/or family members at the bedside of a parturient woman, to coach, empathize with, give practical aid to, and/or inform the expectant mother about birthing. It helps alleviate anxiety, feelings of isolation, and pain.
Synonym: birth labor support
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A randomized control trial of continuous support in labor by a lay doula.
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