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The first step of the Ten Steps of Mother-Friendly Care insures that women have access to a wide variety of support in labor and during the pregnancy and postpartum periods: unrestricted access to birth companions of their choice, including family and friends; unrestricted access to continuous emotional and physical support from a skilled woman such as a doula; and access to midwifery care. The rationales for the importance of each factor and the evidence to support those rationales are presented.
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Keywords: childbirth satisfaction; doula; labor support; maternal satisfaction; midwifery care; nurse-midwives

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 01 December 2007

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