The benefit of continuous labour support

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* have an epidural * have any analgesia/anesthesia for labour and birth * give birth with vacuum extraction or forceps * give birth by caesarean * have a baby with a low 5-minute APGAR score * report dissatisfaction or a negative rating of their experience.

Women receiving continuous support were more likely than those who did not to have a shorter labour.

Overall, continuous support did not seem to impact: * use of synthetic oxytocin during labor * newborn admission to special care nursery * prolonged newborn hospital stay * breastfeeding at 1 to 2 months postpartum * postnatal depression * postnatal self-esteem * severe perineal trauma * difficulty mothering.

Private midwifery care provides women with continuous labour support from a midwife who is known to the woman and trusted by the woman. Typically, the private midwife would have provided all of the woman's pregnancy care and then attends the labour and birth, providing continuous support and midwifery care. Unlike the general hospital system which sees midwives caring for up to three women at any time (and hence flitting between labour rooms), private midwives have only one woman in labour at a time, and are able to dedicate their whole time to this woman and family.

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