The impact of lay support for the birthing woman and her partner: expanding the circle of intimacy

Debbie Garrod, Zoe Darwin, Peter Nugus, Linda McGowan

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Abstract

This article is the first of a 3-part series drawing on a study of midwife-father communications during labour and birth1. Recognising birth as a ‘social experience’, it questions the arbitrary limits placed on the number of supporters permitted to accompany the birthing woman. It offers a new perspective on the presence of ‘additional’ birth companions, aiming to promote reflection and discussion amongst midwives about ‘lay support’ for the woman in labour: who is best placed to offer such support; how and when discussions about this issue can be facilitated.
Original languageEnglish
JournalPractising Midwife
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 20 Jul 2022

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