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Perceptions of Social Support from Pregnant and Parenting Teens Using Community-Based Doulas

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Few studies have examined community-based doula care during the childbearing period. This descriptive study was designed to explore and describe the perceptions of disadvantaged pregnant and parenting teens (N = 24) who received support from culturally matched, community-based doulas. Their reported perceptions included enhanced knowledge about childbearing, support during childbirth, self-care, and early attachment to the newborn. Participants concurred that the community-based doula intervention had a positive impact on their supportive networks. This innovative model can supplement perinatal programs through utilization of culturally sensitive, community-based doulas that provide comprehensive relationship-based caring.
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Keywords: cultural sensitivity; doula; labor support; social support; teen pregnancy

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 01 June 2005

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