The Benefits Of Using A Doula

Studies have shown that using the services of a doula can result in the following:

(Klaus, Kennell, and Klaus 1993)web 1

Reduced the overall caesarean rate by 50%
Reduced the length of labour by 25%
Reduced the use of pain medication by 30%
Reduced the use of forceps births by 40%
Reduced requests for epidural pain mediation by 60%
Reduced the incidences of maternal fever
Reduced the number of days newborns spent in NICU
Resulted in higher breastfeeding rates
Resulted in more positive maternal assessments of maternal confidence
Resulted in more positive maternal assessments of maternal & newborn health
Resulted in decreased rates of postpartum depression

In addition to this I would also suggest that using the services of a doula enables the mother to labour more effectively knowing that her partner has the support and reassurance of a doula who is there for them both throughout the whole birth process.  Often birth partners can feel intimidated and uncomfortable being in a hospital environment so having someone who is calm and confident and able to reassure that all is well, can make a huge difference.