Effects of providing hospital-based doulas in health maintenance organization hospitals.

@article{Gordon1999EffectsOP,
  title={Effects of providing hospital-based doulas in health maintenance organization hospitals.},
  author={Nancy P. Gordon and Darren Walton and E McAdam and J Derman and G Gallitero and Lyndall Garrett},
  journal={Obstetrics and gynecology},
  year={1999},
  volume={93 3},
  pages={422-6}
}
OBJECTIVE To evaluate whether providing doulas during hospital-based labor affects mode of delivery, epidural use, breast-feeding, and postpartum perceptions of the birth, self-esteem, and depression. METHODS This was a randomized study of nullipara enrollees in a group-model health maintenance organization who delivered in one of three health maintenance organization-managed hospitals; 149 had doulas, and 165 had usual care. Study data were obtained from the mothers' medical charts, study… CONTINUE READING