Adding Comments

We invite Member's comments on any Journal issue or any individual Journal Article. You will find the space for comments at the bottom of each Journal and Article page. You can also send comments directly to the editor at: Members can also be notified of all new comments posted by updating their Notification Settings.
Publication Date: 
Page Count: 
Starting Page: 
Price: $10.00

This study aims at exploring the psychological impact of emotional support during childbirth and thus to discuss it in the light of humanized principles of assistance. Methods: clinical study carried through intermittent observation of the labor and birth, when the emotional stages of the parturient and emotional support she received from the midwife were observed. Interviews about the women's experience of labor were performed before hospital discharge. The study demonstrated how emotional support has a direct impact in childbirth, and it gives elements to broaden the concept of humanized birth by enhancing emotional support as a key element to childbirth assistance.

KEY WORDS: emotional support, childbirth, psychology, midwife.


Abram, J. (1996). The language of Winnicott: A dictionnary of Winnicott's use of words. London: Karnac Books.

Ammaniti, M., Candelori, C., PoIa, M., & Tambelli, R. (1999). Maternité et grossesse. Paris: PUF.

Bydlowski, M. (1997). La dette, de vie: itinéraire psychanalytique de la grossesse. Paris: PUF.

Bydlowski, M. (2000). Je rêve un enfant; l'expérience intérieure de la maternité. Paris: Odile Jacob.

Davis-Floyd, R. (1992). Birth as an American rite of passage. Berkley and Los Angeles: University of California Press.

Diniz, C.S.G. (2001). Entre a técnica e os direitos humanos: possibilidades e limites da humanizaçào da assistência ao parto. Doctorate thesis. Universidade de Sâo Paulo. Sâo Paulo. Federal Senate. PLS 195/2003. Available in: .

Klaus, M.H., & Kennell, J.H. (1992). Parent-infant bonding. (D. Batista, Translation). Porto Alegre: Artes Médicas (in Portuguese).

Klaus, M.H., Kennell, J.H., & Klaus, P.H. (1993). Mothering the mother: How a doula can help you have a shorter, easier, and healthier birth. Massachusetts: Perseus.

Klaus, M.H., Kennell, J.H., & Klaus, P.H. (1995). Bonding: building foundations of secure attachment and independence. Massachusetts: Perseus.

Langer, M. (1981). Maternidade e sexo. (M. N. Folberg, Translation.). Porto Alegre: Artes Médicas. (originally published in 1978).

Maldonado, Maria Tereza (1997). Psicologia da gravidez: parto e puerpe'rio. 14. ed. São Paulo: Saraiva.

Mellier, D. (2000). L'inconscient à la crèche: dynamique des equips e accueil des belle's. Issy-les-Moulineaux: ESF Éditeur.

Mouras, M.J. (2003). La périnatalité. Se repérer, approfondir. Saint-Etienne: Bréal.

Motta, C.C.L., & Crepaldi, M.A. (2005). Father's participation during labor and emotional support: parturient's perspective. Paide'ia: cadernos de psicologia e educaçào. 15(30), 105-118 (in Portuguese).

Raphael-Leff, J. (1995). Pregnancy: The Inside Story. London: Sheldon Press.

Revault d'Allones, C. (2004). Être, faire, avoir un enfant. Paris: Petit Bibliothèque Payot (originally published in 1991).

Romanelli, G., & Biasoli Alves, Z.M.M. (1998). Didlogos Metodologicos. Ribeirâo Preto: Legis Summas.

Soifer, R. (1980). Psicologia da gravidez, parto e puerpe'rio. (LV. Carvalho, Translation). Porto Alegre: Editora Artes Médicas. (originally published in 1977).

Strauss, A., & Corbin, J. (1990). Basics of qualitative research: Grounded theory procedures and techniques. London: SAGE Publications.

WHO. (1985). Appropriate technology for birth. Lancet, 24, 436^37.

WHO. (1996). Care in normal birth. Geneva: World Health Organization, Maternal and Newborn Health/Safe Motherhood Unit, Family and Reproductive Health. Geneva: (WHO/FRH/MSM/96-24).

Winnicott, D.W. (1988). Babies and their mothers. Massachussets: Addison-Wesley Publishing.

Winnicott, D. (1978). Through pediatrics to psychoanalysis: collected papers. Rio de Janeiro: Francisco Alves. (in Portuguese).