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This quasai-experimental research aimed to compare the level of pain and the duration of labor in phase 1 among parturients in experimental and control groups. The subjects were 60 primiparous women. They were divided into two groups: 30 in an experimental group and 30 in a control group. The experimental group received care from continuous labor support from village health volunteers. The visual analog scales and recording information about the duration of labor in phase 1 were used to collect the data. The data were analyzed by the descriptive statistics and independent t-test.
The results showed that the average score of the level of labor pain in phase 1, when the cervix opened 3-7 centimeters of the experimental group (M=7.27, SD=2.01) was less than those of the control group (M=8.59, SD=1.70) statistical signifcantly (t=2.744, p< .01). The level of labor pain in phase 1, when the cervix opened 8-10 centimeters of both groups was not different. (t=2.000, p> .05). The average score of the duration of labor in phase 1, cervix opened 3-10 centimeters of the experimental group was not different from the control group (t=1.136, p> .05).
This study suggested that continuous labor support is an efcient type of labor care for pain relief when the cervix opened 3-7 centimeters.
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