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Continuous Support During Childbirth - Topic Overview

Having a support person from early labor until after childbirth (such as a 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.

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WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise

Last Updated: November 02, 2011
This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.
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