The Benefits of Having a Doula

Benefits of having a Doula

The benefits of doula support to the mother and child are well documented. Women who receive continuous labor support are more likely to give birth without medical intervention, such as caesarean delivery, pitocin and pain medications, and are more likely to have shorter labors. (4) A study recently published from the School of Public Health at the University of Minnesota found that doula support is associated with lower rates of preterm and cesarean births, with an added benefit of potential cost savings for families and insurance programs. (5) In addition to the medical or physical benefits of continuous labor support, many mothers are found to feel better about themselves and their babies with the presence of a doula. A feeling of empowerment in their labor can translate to a sense of confidence as a mother. Mothers with doula support are also shown to have better success and longevity with breastfeeding. (6)

Studies have shown ...

  • 8% more likely to have spontaneous vaginal births
  • 31% less likely to have negative birth experience
  • 31% more likely to have shorter labor
  • 60% reduction in epidural requests
  • 25% reduction in the caesarean rate
  • 38% less likely to have low 5 minute Apgar scores

...with a Doula in attendance

4. E.D Hodnet, S. Gates, G.J. Hofmeyr, c. Sakala, and J. Weston, “Continuous Support for Women during Childbirth,” revew in The Cochrane Collaboration (Toronto: John Wiley and Sons, 2011)
5. K.B. Kozhimannil, R.R. Hardeman, F. Alarid-Escudero, C.A. Vogelsang, C. Blauer-Peterson and E.A. Howell, “Modeling the Cost-Effectiveness of Doula Care Associated with Reductions in Preterm Birth and Cesarean Delivery,”Article first published online: Birth, 14 JAN 2016
6. M. Klaus, J.H. Kennell, P. H. Klaus, “The Doula Book,” 2012

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