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Social and professional support in childbirth 

Social and professional support in childbirth
Social and professional support in childbirth

Murray Enkin

, Marc J. N. C. Keirse

, James Neilson

, Caroline Crowther

, Lelia Duley

, Ellen Hodnett

, and Justus Hofmeyr

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date: 27 October 2020

Support during childbirth can be provided by the professionals responsible for the clinical care of the woman in labor, by other individuals specifically designated to provide support other than clinical care, or by the woman’s partner, family, or friends. Controlled studies thus far have examined the contribution of the first two groups: persons specifically designated to provide support in labor. Insights into the nature and value of support by partners, family members, and friends have been gleaned from data from observational studies. This chapter discusses the nature of support in childbirth, the birth environment and its implications for support, place of birth, men during labor and at birth, and other support people.

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