School of Nursing and Midwifery, Pakistan
A labor companion is a person who offers consistent individualized support to laboring women. Doula care is defined as the care which an individual provides of physical, social, and emotional support during pregnancy, labor, birth, and the postnatal period (1). Doulas help women ease their anxiety, and pain and address their concerns with comfort, care, and respect. Doulas help in cherishing a mother and child bonding helps in initiate breastfeeding and provide an emotional bond throughout the birthing time. It helps in reducing cesarean sections, and high-risk pregnancies and minimizes infant and maternal mortalities. The purpose of the study is to highlight the role of doula care in positive maternal and child health outcomes and recommendations to overcome the barriers and promote a safe and comfortable birthing experience for laboring women by opting for doula care.
Amin, A, & Vadivala, R. Labor companionship: A concept of doula care. Journal of Asian Midwives. 2018;5(2):24–32.