A comparison of intermittent and continuous support during labor: a meta-analysis.

@article{Scott1999ACO,
  title={A comparison of intermittent and continuous support during labor: a meta-analysis.},
  author={Kathryn D Scott and Gertrud Berkowitz and Marshall H Klaus},
  journal={American journal of obstetrics and gynecology},
  year={1999},
  volume={180 5},
  pages={1054-9}
}
Our goal was to contrast the influence of intermittent and continuous support provided by doulas during labor and delivery on 5 childbirth outcomes. Data were aggregated across 11 clinical trials by means of meta-analytic techniques. Continuous support, when compared with no doula support, was significantly associated with shorter labors (weighted mean difference -1.64 hours, 95% confidence interval -2.3 to -.96) and decreased need for the use of any analgesia (odds ratio.64, 95% confidence… CONTINUE READING