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The Value of Care Provided by Student Doulas: An Examination of the Perceptions of Women in Their Care

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This study provides an examination of women’s perceptions of care provided by student doulas undertaking a formal qualification in doula support services. Feedback forms completed by women attended by student doulas undertaking a formal qualification in doula support services were analyzed. The women (N = 160) consistently rated the student doulas’ contribution to their experience of birth favorably. Qualitative analysis revealed that women value the presence of their student doulas highly with reference to the student doulas’ demeanor, support provided to family, interface with other health professionals, and learned skills. Within the Australian context, this study suggests that the support provided by student doulas that have completed a formal training course is held in positive regard by the women receiving their care.

Keywords: birth; doula; support; women’s experiences

Document Type: Research Article


Publication date: 2013-01-01

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