the Advantages of Labor Support

21 randomized controlled trials involving 15,061 women demonstrated women with continuous support.

Women w/ support were less likely than women without to:

  • have a analgesia/anesthia
  • give birth with vacuum extraction or forceps
  • give birth by cesarean
  • have a baby with a low 5min APGAR score
  • report dissatisfaction or a negative rating of their experience

Women w/ support were more likely than women without to:

  • give birth spontaneously (no cesarean/vacuum/forceps)
  • have a shorter labor with fewer complications
  • have reduced requests for pain medication and/or epidurals
  • have a reduction for the need for Pitocin (a labor-inducing drug)

Research shows that parents who receive support can:

  • feel more secure and cared for
  • are more successful in adapting to new family dynamics
  • have greater success with breastfeeding
  • have greater self-confidence
  • have less postpartum depression