Feb 172016

The latest research says, mothers who received continuous labor support were more likely to:

  • have a spontaneous vaginal birth
  • had shorter labors
  • were less likely to have an epidural or other pharmaceutical pain relief
  • were less likely to report dissatisfaction with their labors
  • were likely to give birth without cesarean, vacuum or forceps
  • were less likely to have babies with low 5-minute Apgar score

Continuous support during labour has clinically meaningful benefits for women and infants and no known harm. All women should have support throughout labour and birth. – Hodnett ED, Gates S, Hofmeyr G, Sakala C