Shorten labor up to 25%
Reduce requests for pain medication by 30%,
Reduce the request for epidurals by 60%
Reduce the incidence of cesareans by 50%
Reduce the number of birth complications
Decrease the likelihood of postpartum depression & anxiety
Increase bonding time between mother and baby
Initiate breastfeeding with greater success
Source The Doula Book: How A Trained Labor Companion Can Help You Have A Shorter, Easier, And Healthier Birth.
By Marshall H. Klaus PhD, John H. Kennell MD, Phyllis H. Klaus MFT.
less use of pitocin
less perception of pain
continuous labor support
"Doula" has become quite the buzz word in the last few years especially as more and more birthing couples begin to educate themselves about choices in evidenced based childbirth. A Doula is a trained professional who provides support during the entire childbirth process. This includes pre and post-natal support; involves the birthing mother and anyone she chooses as part of her birth team. Women who are supported by doulas experience shorter labors, more natural deliveries, improved breastfeeding, bonding and overall greater satisfaction with childbirth.
Kate Taylor, MA, MT-BC