Promoting childbirth companions in South Africa: a randomised pilot study.
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.
BMC Medicine, 2007, 5, (7), pp. 1-8.