Study of Having a Female Friend as Labor Support
The purpose of this study was to compare labor outcomes in women accompanied by an additional support person (doula group) with outcomes in women who did not have this additional support person (control group).
The current study was designed with the benefits of continuous labor support in mind as well as the need for a cost-effective, affordable program to provide those services for low-income women. Its purpose was to evaluate the effects of continuous labor support provided by a female companion of the pregnant person's choosing who, with the mother, had participated in an educational program to teach her how to provide continuous labor support.
|Study Design:||Allocation: Randomized
Endpoint Classification: Efficacy Study
Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Treatment
|Official Title:||Evaluation of Continuous Support in Labor|
- Length of labor
- type of delivery
- type and timing of analgesia/anesthesia
- neonatal Apgar score at 1 and 5 minutes after birth
|Study Start Date:||January 1998|
|Estimated Study Completion Date:||February 2003|
The purpose of this study was to evaluate the influence of a female companion in labor who had been chosen by a nulliparous, underinsured, low-income woman and who had received brief training in supportive labor techniques. The objective was to compare labor outcomes, specifically cesarean section rates, in women accompanied by this additional support person (doula group) with outcomes in women who did not have this additional support person (control group).
|United States, New Jersey|
|Saint Peters University Hospital|
|New Brunswick, New Jersey, United States, 07109|
|Principal Investigator:||Della A Campbell, PhDc||Saint Peters University Hospital|