A Practical Approach to Labor Support

Authors

  • Ellise D. Adams,

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    1. CNM, MSN, CD (DONA), ICCE, is a clinical assistant professor in the College of Nursing, The University of Alabama in Huntsville
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  • Ann L. Bianchi

    1. RN, MSN, ICCE, ICD, is a clinical assistant professor in the College of Nursing, The University of Alabama in Huntsville
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Ellise D. Adams, CNM, MSN, CD (DONA), ICCE, College of Nursing, The University of Alabama in Huntsville, 337 Nursing Building, Huntsville, AL 35899.
ellise.adams@uah.edu

ABSTRACT

In the United States, intrapartum nurses are present at 99% of births. These nurses have a unique opportunity to positively affect a laboring woman’s comfort and labor progress through the use of labor support behaviors. These nonpharmacologic nursing strategies fall into four categories: physical, emotional, instructional/informational, and advocacy. Implementation of these strategies requires special knowledge and a commitment to the enhanced physical and emotional comfort of laboring women.

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