There is evidence that continuous support during labour improves childbirth outcomes, including enhancing the physiological process of labour. Research has demonstrated that such continuous support has clinically meaningful benefits, including shorter labour with increased rates of spontaneous vaginal birth, decreased usage of intrapartum analgesia and caesarean section, and increased satisfaction with her childbirth experience. Women supported in this way have reported less fear and distress during labour, which also appeared to act as a buffer against adverse aspects of medical interventions.