Women's perception of the process of labor coaching: Study descriptive
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Objective: This qualitative study searched for an understanding of women's perceptions of the participation of a companion, chosen by them, during the labor process. Method: The research study was carried out between August and November 2009 at a teaching maternity hospital in the municipality of Curitiba, Parana State, Brazil. Ten (10) women who took part in a coached delivery were the subjects of this study. Data was obtained by means of a semi-structured interview undertaken during the puerperium and submitted to a thematic analysis. Results: Results evidenced that a companion's presence brings about security, peacefulness, support, and comfort during the labor process. Conclusion: The importance of the nursing team with regard to assisting and enabling the coach's presence is pointed out, thus fostering a good evolution in the labor process and strengthening family bonds.