Will a Doula really make a difference?

Labor doulas improve the overall outcome and experience of mothers giving birth. Studies have shown that when mothers use a doula during labor, there are many benefits.

Benefits during Labor to Mother and Baby:

  • 50% decrease in cesarean sections

  • 25% decrease in the length of labor

  • 30% decrease in use of forceps

  • 40% decrease in use of Pitocin

  • 60% decrease in the use of epidurals

  • 30% decrease in use of pain medication

 

 

Long-Term Benefits of a Doula:

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

  • Lower birth expenses

  • Increased satisfaction with birth experience

 

Source:  Mothering the Mother:  How a Doula Can Help You Have a Shorter, Easier, and Healthier Birth, by Marshall H. Klaus, Phyllis H. Klaus, & John Kennell

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