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Commentary on: Bohren MA, Berger BO, Munthe-Kaas H, et al. Perceptions and experiences of labour companionship: a qualitative evidence synthesis. Cochrane Database Syst Rev 2019;3:CD012449.
Implications for practice and research
Labour companionship helps women, babies and families to have an optimal start to life and a positive birth experience.
Not all women get to have a labour companion with them, and this is no longer excusable and should be considered a basic human right.
More research is needed into the effectiveness of having an appropriate labour companion for women with psychosocial vulnerabilities and/or specific cultural/ethnic backgrounds.
There is now substantial evidence that companionship during labour leads to enhanced birth outcomes for women and babies. These benefits include: increased spontaneous vaginal birth, shorter duration of labour and decreased caesarean birth, instrumental birth, use of any analgesia, use of regional analgesia, low 5 min Apgar score and negative feelings about childbirth experiences.1 The choice of companionship during labour and birth is recognised by the WHO,2 White Ribbon Alliance …
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