The Benefits of a Doula

Having a Doula at your birth may:

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


Having Postnatal Doula may:

  • 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 and A 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.