Published Papers - Abstract 683

Steel A, Frawley J, Sibbritt D & Adams J. A preliminary profile of Australian women accessing doula care: Findings from the Australian Longitudinal Study on Women's Health Australian and New Zealand Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, 2013; 53(6): 589-592

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.