May 2, 1998 Research at the University of Texas--Houston Health Science Center and Case Western Reserve University shows that women supported by a doula, or experienced female labor companion, during birth were more likely to interact positively with their children after birth. Mothers with doula support later visited by researchers were more likely to hold their babies in a nurturing way and look into the babies’ eyes than were mothers without doula support during delivery. The study was presented at the annual meeting of the Pediatric Academic Societies in New Orleans, May 1-5. For interviews during the meeting, contact the press room at (504) 670-8502 or 670-8508.
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