Women with fear of childbirth might benefit from having a known midwife during labour
on 24 April 2019
Women and Birth, vol 32, no 1, February 2019, pp 58-63 Hildingsson I; Karlström A; Rubertsson C; et al.
The results of a pilot study which aimed to describe the prevalence and factors related to having access to a known midwife for women referred to counselling due to childbirth fear, have been published.
The study involved 70 women referred to counselling due to fear of birth in 3 Swedish hospitals, and where the counselling midwife, when possible, also assisted during labour and birth.
Results revealed that 34% of the women had a known midwife during labour and birth. These women had significantly more counselling visits, viewed the continuity of care as more important, and were more satisfied with the counselling. 29% reported that their fear disappeared. Fear of birth decreased significantly over time for all women irrespective of whether they were cared for in labour by a known midwife or not.
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