Fifteen randomized controlled trials involving 12,791 women, indicated continuous support during labour is associated with better outcomes in the mother.
This Evidence Update was adapted from Hodnett ED, Gates S, Hofmeyr G J, Sakala C. Continuous support for women during childbirth. The Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2003, Issue 3. Art. No.: CD003766. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD003766.
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If a woman receives continuous one-to-one support during labour, does this benefit the mother and baby? Evidence Update, Maternal Health Series, January 2005