Does continuous labor support decrease rates of cesarean and assisted vaginal delivery?
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Does continuous labor support decrease rates of cesarean and assisted vaginal delivery? Bottom line Yes. Continuous labor support reduces cesarean and instrumented vaginal birth rates. Its effectiveness appears to be strongest when the support provider is neither a hospital staff member nor a part of the woman's social network. It may be less effective in hospitals that allow for the presence of other support people, and in hospitals where epidural analgesia and external fetal monitoring are routine.
Evidence-Based Practice 19, no. 5 (2016): 5