A review by Cochrane (a prestigious international organization that prepares and keeps up-to-date systematic reviews in many areas of health and medicine) on the effect of "Continuous Support for Women During Childbirth" has drawn astonishing conclusions. 

The primary objective of this review was to assess the effects, on mothers and their babies, of continuous, one-to-one intrapartum support as compared to usual care. 

Sixteen trials involving over 13,000 women were included.  After review and analysis of the data, the researchers offered the following synopsis:  Continuous labor support reduces a woman's likelihood of having pain medications, increases her satisfaction and chances for 'spontaneous ' birth, and has no known risks. 

Labour support appeared to be more effective when it was provided by women who were not part of the hospital staff. It also appeared to be more effective when commenced early in labour.

Supportive care during labor may involve emotional support, information and comfort measures.  Such care may enhance normal labor processes and thus reduce need for obstetric intervention. 

Reference: Hodnett ED, Gates S, Hofmeyr GJ, Sakala C. Continuous support for women during childbirth. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2007, Issue 2. Art. No.: CD003766. Copy located in: The Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2008



What is a Doula?
What is a Birthkeeper?
Benefits of Doula Support for Women
Childbirth Womanifesto

Quickening Support Services
Skills & Experience
About Me
My Ethics
My Values


What is Normal for Newborns
Subsequent Newborn Care
What is Normal for Postnatal Mothers
Breastfeeding Latch Diagram
Support Tips for Partners
Fever in Babies & Children


Discovering the Power of Birth.

The Birthing - a course that covers routine medical management of childbirth and focuses on navigating the hurdles to natural childbirth present in the medical system.

The Quickening - a course that covers the intuitive feminine nature of labour and childbirth. Develop self-awareness and trust of inner knowledge from within while gathering up the power of women's mysteries to give birth to your fullest potential.

copyright © Lisa Morgan 2007-2012