Study of Having a Female Friend as Labor Support

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Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : August 5, 2005
Last Update Posted : August 23, 2005
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Saint Peters University Hospital

August 4, 2005
August 5, 2005
August 23, 2005
January 1998
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  • Length of labor
  • type of delivery
  • type and timing of analgesia/anesthesia
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  • Birthweight
  • neonatal Apgar score at 1 and 5 minutes after birth
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Study of Having a Female Friend as Labor Support
Evaluation of Continuous Support in Labor

The purpose of this study was to compare labor outcomes in women accompanied by an additional support person (doula group) with outcomes in women who did not have this additional support person (control group).

The current study was designed with the benefits of continuous labor support in mind as well as the need for a cost-effective, affordable program to provide those services for low-income women. Its purpose was to evaluate the effects of continuous labor support provided by a female companion of the pregnant person's choosing who, with the mother, had participated in an educational program to teach her how to provide continuous labor support.

The purpose of this study was to evaluate the influence of a female companion in labor who had been chosen by a nulliparous, underinsured, low-income woman and who had received brief training in supportive labor techniques. The objective was to compare labor outcomes, specifically cesarean section rates, in women accompanied by this additional support person (doula group) with outcomes in women who did not have this additional support person (control group).
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Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
  • Pregnancy
  • Delivery, Obstetric
Behavioral: doula training
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*   Includes publications given by the data provider as well as publications identified by Identifier (NCT Number) in Medline.
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February 2003
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Inclusion Criteria:

  • Nulliparous (never given birth before)
  • Singleton pregnancy
  • Vertex presentation
  • Low risk pregnancy
  • Has a female friend willing to be a doula

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Placenta previa
  • Abruptio placenta
  • Multiple pregnancy
  • Breech presentation
  • Planned operative delivery
Sexes Eligible for Study: Female
16 Years to 45 Years   (Child, Adult)
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United States
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Saint Peters University Hospital
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Principal Investigator: Della A Campbell, PhDc Saint Peters University Hospital
Saint Peters University Hospital
April 2005

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