Continuous labor support by a doula
- Alison Stuebe, MD, MSc
Alison Stuebe, MD, MSc
- Associate Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology
- Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine
- University of North Carolina School of Medicine
- Robert L Barbieri, MD
Robert L Barbieri, MD
- Editor-in-Chief — Obstetrics, Gynecology and Women's Health
- Section Editor — General Gynecology and Female Reproductive Endocrinology
- Kate Macy Ladd Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Biology
- Harvard Medical School
A woman's view of her childbirth experience is influenced by several factors and can change over time. Factors associated with a satisfactory childbirth experience include :
●Personal expectations that were realized
●Quality of caregiver support and rapport with the caregiver
●Ability to participate in decision making
These factors may be as important as the effects of pain, pain-relief measures, obstetrical interventions, labor characteristics, demographics, birth environment, and preparation.
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