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Table 5 Advantages/Disadvantages experienced by the units that allow a companion- Responses to open questioning

From: Is the policy of allowing a female labor companion feasible in developing countries? Results from a cross sectional study among Sri Lankan practitioners

Advantages Disadvantages
 1. ‘Woman is very comfortable with a known person by her side’
 2. ‘In addition to above mentioned, can easily convince a primi asking for cesarean section to deliver vaginally’
 3. ‘Women who receive this intervention are happy’
 4. ‘Less shouting, shorter labor, more normal delivery, satisfied mothers, satisfied staff’
 5. ‘increased maternal satisfaction’
 6. ‘The woman would be relaxed and confident’
 7. ‘highly satisfied consumers, They are the 1st evidence against complaints.’
 8. ‘extreme satisfaction to mother and her husband/staff not aggressive -overall it is very good for staff health and duty of care’
 9. ‘reduce anxiety of patient leading to better progression of labour’
1. ‘Govt. hospitals lack proper facilities’
2. ‘Overcrowding of antenatal & postnatal wards as companions stay in hospitals well before established labour& especially after delivery and become nuisance to the staff’
3. ‘resistance from hospital administrators, specialists, other junior doctors, some members of the nursing and midwifery staff’
4. ‘Potential interventions to patient management’
5. ‘inadequate staff / expensive / much objections from staff initially, but got used to it’