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Advanced Preparation and Positive Labor Support Create an Optimal Experience for Normal Birth

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For women to be active participants in their labor care, preparation and labor support are crucial. Likewise, a supportive atmosphere during labor and birth can make all the difference in creating an optimal experience for normal birth. As described in this personal account, the benefits of childbirth education, a prepared spouse or partner, and continuous labor support of a doula, competent nurse, and a patient physician who endorse natural childbirth are credited with providing a satisfying normal-birth experience despite a long labor and posterior baby.

Keywords: childbirth education; doula support; labor care; normal birth

Document Type: Research Article


Publication date: March 1, 2006

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