Resources for Labor Support During Pregnancy and Childbirth
Childbirth Connection's Pregnancy Topic on Labor SupportWe provide in-depth coverage through our Pregnancy Topic to help inform you about labor support:
- Labor Support Introduction explains the importance of having continuous supportive care during labor
- Labor Support Options includes a look at types of labor support companions, and their strengths and weaknesses
- Labor Support Best Evidence includes a look at several systematic reviews carried out to help you make informed decisions about continuous labor support
- Labor Support Tips & Tools includes factors you should consider when deciding what kind of labor support you want
- Quick Facts About Labor Support (PDF) summarizes some of the important points from this section such as the meaning of continuous labor support, types of people who can provide it, best evidence about effects of labor support, and how to learn more and find key resources.
Other Childbirth Connection Resources Relating to Labor Support
in addition to serving as an important resource for doulas, the DONA
International website of DONA has excellent resources for women who are
considering working with a doula.
DONA International Position Paper: The Birth Doula's Contribution to Modern Maternity Care
|The Doula Guide to Birth (2009), by Ananda Lowe and Rachel Zimmerman|
This book describes how doulas guide women through the birthing process in ways that are safe and meaningful, and that create the birth and postbirth experience mothers long for. Written by an experienced doula and an award-winning health reporter, the book addresses what doulas do, how each woman can find a doula that suits her needs and preferences, and the tricks of the trade for supporting a women in labor and after birth.
Learn more about The Doula Guide to Birth from Amazon
Lamaze International: Healthy Birth Practices: Bring a Loved One, Friend or Doula for Continuous Support, resources include a position paper reviewing the research evidence for continuous support, a video of women laboring with doula support, and tips for finding a doula.
Social Support by Doulas During Labor and the Early Postpartum Period
(PDF), by Bruce Meyer, Jane Arnold, and Debra Pascali-Bonaro, an
article from Hospital Physician (2001).
Helpful Resource for a Friend or Family Member Who Will Provide Labor Support for You
partner or a friend or family member who will provide support during
your labor and birth can grow in knowledge and confidence with a book
by a founder of DONA International that was written just for them:
|Comfort Measures for Childbirth |
The 91-minute DVD is divided into 4 sections: 1) Basic relaxation and rhythmic breathing, 2) Comfort measures, devices, and positions, 3) Techniques to help with back pain and labor progress, and 4) Positions and techniques for pushing and birth. The detailed interactive menu allows you to choose exactly what you want to watch the entire DVD, a single section, or even a single comfort measure to learn or review.
Learn more about Comfort Measures for Childbirth
Birth Works: Find a Doula, an online directory.
Childbirth and Postpartum Professional Association: Find a Childbirth
online directory of CAPPA members who choose to be listed; you can also
call their toll-free number (888-548-3672) or contact email@example.com to
get referrals for doulas who are not listed in the online directory.
DONA International: Find a Doula, an online directory of DONA-certified
doulas who choose to be listed online; you can also contact
firstname.lastname@example.org to get names of doulas who are not included in the
online directory by choosing the e-mail option (be sure to give your
town and zip code).
Doula Match, an
interactive directory that lets you search for doulas available around
the time of your due date, check their credentials, and read
testimonials from former clients.
toLabor, an online directory of certified professional birth doulas.
International Childbirth Education Association (ICEA)'s online
directory, names, credential and towns of ICEA-certified
doulas; you can also get referrals by calling ICEA at 952-854-8660 or
List of Volunteer Doula Programs,
hospital and community-based programs matching volunteer doulas with
women who cannot afford to pay for private doula services.
Most recent page update: 6/17/2013
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