benefits of a doula

Effects on Birth Outcomes:

  • Labors are 25% shorter.
  • There are fewer complications.
  • Cesarean rates are reduced by 50%.
  • There is 40% less need for oxytocin to speed up labor.
  • Need for forceps is reduced by 40%.
  • Women request 30% less pain medication and 60% fewer epidurals.

Effects on the Mother:

  • Greater satisfaction with their birth experience.
  • More positive assessments of their babies.
  • Less postpartum depression.

Effects on the Baby:

  • Babies have shorter hospital stays with fewer admissions to special care nurseries.
  • Babies breastfeed more easily.
  • Mothers are more affectionate to their babies postpartum.

Effects on the Health Care System:

  • The cost of obstetrical care is dramatically reduced.
  • Women are pleased with the personalized care doulas offer.
  • The Benefit of continuous support in labor is recognized by:
    • The World Health Organization
    • The Medical Leadership Council (an organization of over 1200 U.S. hospitals)
    • The Society of Obstetricians and Gynecologists of Canada

source: better birth network

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