As Virus Upends Birth Plans, Women Mull Impacts and Alternatives
With hospitals limiting or banning partners and doulas from delivery rooms, women mull outcomes — and even some potentially problematic alternatives.
Desperate to slow disease spread, hospitals are making women deliver babies on their own. But that carries its own risks:
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Studies have found that deliveries are shorter and easier when women have someone there during labor to encourage them, help them manage pain, and speak up on their behalf.