Promoting childbirth companions in South Africa: a randomised pilot study.

Abstract

Most women delivering in South African State Maternity Hospitals do not have a childbirth companion; in addition, the quality of care could be better, and at times women are treated inhumanely. The authors piloted a multi-faceted intervention to encourage uptake of childbirth companions in state hospitals, and hypothesised that lay carers would improve the behaviour of health professionals.

Citation

BMC Medicine, 2007, 5, (7), pp. 1-8.

Promoting childbirth companions in South Africa: a randomised pilot study.

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