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Continuous emotional support during labor in a US hospital. A randomized controlled trial.
The continuous presence of a supportive companion (doula) during labor and delivery in two studies in Guatemala shortened labor and reduced the need for cesarean section and other interventions. In a
Effects of social support during parturition on maternal and infant morbidity.
TLDR
It is suggested that constant human support may be of great benefit to women during labour and that women who have supportive female companions throughout labour have significantly fewer perinatal complications.
The adaptation of parents to the birth of an infant with a congenital malformation: a hypothetical model.
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Observations of patients with a wide range of malformations suggest that early crisis counseling in the first months of life may be particularly crucial in parental attachment and adjustment.
The effect of a supportive companion on perinatal problems, length of labor, and mother-infant interaction.
TLDR
There may be major perinatal benefits of constant human support during labor, and mothers who had a doula present during labor were awake more after delivery and smiled at, stroked, and talked to their babies more than the control mothers.
A randomized controlled trial of continuous labor support for middle-class couples: effect on cesarean delivery rates.
TLDR
For middle-class women laboring with the support of their male partner, the continuous presence of a doula during labor significantly decreased the likelihood of cesarean delivery and reduced the need for epidural analgesia.
Bonding: Building The Foundations Of Secure Attachment And Independence
TLDR
The culmination of this insightful book is a look at the ways bonding helps parents grow and lays a secure base for the future independence of the child.
Maternal Behavior One Year After Early and Extended Post‐partum Contact
The observations of maternal behaviour in 28 human mothers of full‐term infants reported in this study are consistent with investigations in animals; measurable differences, lastingfor as long as one
The mourning response of parents to the death of a newborn infant.
TLDR
The reactions of mothers to the loss of a newborn infant are observed and the strength of the affectional ties between mothers and their infants before the first physical contact is explored.
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