Benefits

Benefits of a Doula

Statistics taken from studies on birth support

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  • C-sections reduced by 50%
  • Length of labour reduced by 25%
  • Epidural request reduced by 60%
  • Artificial oxytocin use reduced by 40%
  • Use of narcotics reduced by 30%
  • Forceps reduced by 30% 

Long-term benefits:

  • Improved breastfeeding
  • Increased time spent with baby
  • Decreased postpartum depression  

From Mothering the Mother: How a Doula Can HelpYou Have a Shorter Easier and Healthier Birth,

Klaus, Kennell, and Klaus (1993).

 

"If a doula were a drug, it would be unethical not to use it." 

John H. Kennell, MD.