The Benefits of a Doula

Having a Doula at your birth may:

  • shorten labour by about 1.5 hours
  • decrease the chance of caesarean birth by 51%
  • decrease the need for pain medication by 36%
  • reduce the need for oxytocin by 71%
  • reduce the need for forceps intervention by 57%
  • help partners participate with confidence
  • facilitate parent-baby bonding & feeding

Having a Postnatal Doula may help:

  • facilitate breastfeeding
  • facilitate parent-infant bonding
  • decrease the incidence of postnatal depression
  • encourage appropriate well-baby and parent care
  • increase parents’ confidence in their parenting skills
  • provide support for siblings to enjoy the new baby

Sources:  Continuous support for women during childbirth (Cochrane Review) Hodnett, E.D., Gates, d., Hofmeyer, G.J., Sakala, C. The Cochrane Library, Issue 1, 2004 andA comparison of intermittent and continuous support during labor: a meta-analysis. Scott K.D., Berkowitz, G., Klaus, M. American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology. 1999 May. 180(5): 1054-9.