Benefits of using a Birth Support Doula
Studies have shown that when doulas attend birth, labors are shorter with fewer complications, babies are healthier and they breastfeed more easily.
Recent evidence also suggests that when a doula provides labor support, women are more satisfied with their experience and the mother-infant interaction is enhanced as long as two months after the birth.
With doula support, partners tend to stay more involved rather than pull away in times of stress.
Statistics have proven the assistance of a birth doula:
An analysis of 12 clinical studies* on the effects of uninterrupted labor support, such as a doula provides, identified the following improvements over births that lacked continuous support:
51% reduction in cesarean births;
25% reduction in labor length (average of 98 minutes);
35% reduction in analgesia;
71% reduction in oxytocin augmentation; and
57% reduction in use of forceps/vacuum.
Continuous labor support benefits mother and baby.
Mothers who have birthed in the presence of a doula report: greater satisfaction with childbirth; more positive assessments of their babies; less postpartum depression; and increased self-esteem. Their babies have shorter hospital stays; are less likely to be admitted to special-care nurseries; breastfeed more easily; and receive more affection from their mothers postpartum
Taken from Article:
Childbirth Education and Doula Care During Times of Stress, Trauma and Grieving, by Debra Pascali-Bonara, Bed, CD(DONA),