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Clin Nurs Res. 2000 Feb;9(1):70-83.

Nursing support during labor.

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Brigham Young University, USA.


This descriptive study replicates and extends the previous work on nursing support during labor. Within 72 hours of giving birth, 88 participants rated 25 selected nursing behaviors on a Likert scale as to their perceived helpfulness, with two open-ended questions for additional comments on helpful nursing behaviors. Nursing behaviors were categorized as emotional, informational, or tangible support. The majority of behaviors considered most helpful were in the emotional support category. Sixteen of the 25 behaviors were considered helpful, with the most helpful behaviors being making the woman feel cared about as an individual, appearing calm and confident, and treating the woman with respect. Findings were consistent with those of a previous study and suggest that, regardless of the pain management used, nurses supporting childbearing women must not only be competent but also use a high degree of interpersonal skills in providing nursing care.

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