A preliminary profile of Australian women accessing doula care: Findings from the Australian Longitudinal Study on Women's Health

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Australian and New Zealand Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, 2013, 53 (6), pp. 589 - 592
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Despite growing interest and controversy regarding the value of doulas in contemporary maternity care, little is known about the profile of women who choose to involve a doula in their care team. This preliminary analysis indicates that women's attitudes towards maternity care may influence their use of a doula more so than demographic factors. Further research examining these issues in more detail is needed for all those involved in maternity care to ensure safe maternal and fetal outcomes. © 2013 The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists.
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