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J Perinat Educ. 2006 Winter;15(1):11-8.

Doula Support and Attitudes of Intrapartum Nurses: A Qualitative Study from the Patient's Perspective.

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  • 1KARLA PAPAGNI is a registered nurse in labor and delivery at University Hospital in Birmingham, Alabama.


Although the roles of the intrapartum nurse and professional doula differ markedly, they serve women best if their roles complement each other. For doulas and nurses to work well together in order to facilitate a positive birth experience for the patient, they would logically need to develop a relationship based on mutual respect. The purpose of this pilot qualitative study was to examine the level of acceptance shown by intrapartum nurses for doula support, as perceived by the parturient woman. Implications for further research are addressed.

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