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SUPPORT DURING THE BIRTHING PROCESS HAS AN INFLUENCE UPON THE WOMANS PAIN EXPERIENCE Aim The aim of this essay to explore the influence of support during the birthing process upon the womans pain experience Factors that influence the provision of support will also be discussed further Introduction Support person is the womans chosen companions which could form of a team including the father of the baby family friends midwife doctor other professional attendants who present The woman needs to decide who should offer her comfort and protection to feel herself uninhibited and safe Robertson 1997 The meaning of one-to-one continuous support during labour means not only emotional support but also has a strong positive effect on the physiology and outcomes of birthing process Support during birth means the need for companionship with empathy and help Simkin 1992 Support during birth has been described as having four components Firstly emotional support which including empowering the woman praise reassurance listening and continuous presence for the supporting person during the birthing process Secondly informational support which results of explanations and suggestions and also advice and information Thirdly physical support for instance using massage cold face washer for cooling offer drinks Fourthly advocacy when the support people representing the womans wishes to others and acting on her behalf when requested Hodnett 2003 Overall the four dimensions described have a strong effect on the womans pain experience when the woman supported during her birthing process Research finding show that having a support person present at birth have a strong positive effect of the outcome of the birth which is associated with lower use of pharmacological analgesia A trial looking the womens preferences found that having contionous support women feel more in control of their labour and feeling better about their labour experience than expected Hofmyer Nikodem 1991 Furthermore in a meta-analysis by Scott 1999 reviewed 11 randomized controlled trials involved 4391 women compared continous support
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