Social support in labor--a selective review.

  title={Social support in labor--a selective review.},
  author={Brent Chalmers and W L Wolman},
  journal={Journal of psychosomatic obstetrics and gynaecology},
  volume={14 1},
Support during labor has been offered by a variety of different people, including fathers, professional medical staff, trained labor coaches and monitrices, untrained lay supporters and family and friends. A comparison of the various findings shows that support given by trained or lay untrained female supporters, who are not necessarily known to the laboring woman, yields the most extensive, methodologically sound, and consistently positive effects on obstetric and psychosocial outcomes… CONTINUE READING