Nurses and doulas: complementary roles to provide optimal maternity care.

@article{Ballen2006NursesAD,
  title={Nurses and doulas: complementary roles to provide optimal maternity care.},
  author={Lois Eve Ballen and Ann Fulcher},
  journal={Journal of obstetric, gynecologic, and neonatal nursing : JOGNN},
  year={2006},
  volume={35 2},
  pages={
          304-11
        }
}
  • L. Ballen, A. Fulcher
  • Published 1 March 2006
  • Medicine
  • Journal of obstetric, gynecologic, and neonatal nursing : JOGNN
Staff in maternity-care facilities are seeing an increase in doulas, nonmedical childbirth assistants, who are trained to provide continuous physical, emotional, and informational labor support. The long-term medical and psychosocial benefits are well documented. In this article, misconceptions about the doula's role are corrected, and suggestions are offered on ways to improve communication between health care providers and doulas. Together, nurses and doulas can provide birthing women with a… 

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