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Technology used by companions in labor and childbirth: a descriptive study

Amanda Souza de Oliveira, Ana Kelve de Castro Damasceno, Jamile Lopes de Moraes, Karla de Abreu Peixoto Moreira, Liana Mara Rocha Teles, Linicarla Fabíole de Souza Gomes

Abstract


Aim: to evaluate the knowledge of companions about the use of support techniques during childbirth. Method: a descriptive, cross-sectional quantitative study undertaken at the Assis Chateaubriand Maternity Hospital with a sample of 62 companions. Data collection was undertaken from May to November 2011, through individual interviews and a survey. The Pearson's chi-square tests and Fisher's exact test for statistical associations were used. Results: 59 (95.2%) of the companions who witnessed the birth did not undergo any training; 32 (51.6%) were selected at the time of entry of the pregnant women in the emergency room; emotional support activities were predominant. The experience of witnessing the birth was considered to be positive on the part of 58 (96%) of the companions. Discussion: the most common relationship between companion and the pregnant woman were mother and daughter respectively. Feelings of insecurity and fear were experienced by some of the companions. Conclusion: the companion’s presence during labor constitutes a major form of care.


Keywords


Humanizing Delivery; Technology; Obstetric Nursing

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