A book available open access delved into the question of whether the presence of a birthing companion would affect the amount of disrespect and abuse that women in labor received while in a hospital delivery situation.
An older term in some areas for a birthing coach or companion is a doula. More information about doulas is available on a training site, DONA International. (dona.org/become-a-doula) *Unaffiliated.
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