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A Doula accompanies a woman in labor, mothers the mother, and takes care of her emotional needs throughout childbirth. She provides support and suggestions for partners that can enhance their experiences of the birth. A postpartum Doula continues that valuable emotional support and guidance, helping a family make a smooth transition into new family dynamics. "What is a Doula?" 14 August 2007.

What is a Doula?
Benefits of a Doula


Although doulas do not provide medical assistance, through loving touch, position and comfort measures they make childbearing bearable.

Numerous clinical studies have found that a doula's presence at birth:


  •     Results in shorter labors with fewer complications

  •     Reduces negative feelings about one's birthing experience

  •     Reduces the need for pitocin (a labor-inducing drug), forceps or vacuum extraction and cesareans

  •     Reduces the mother's request for pain medication and/or epidurals



Research shows parents who receive support:


  •     Feel more secure and cared for

  •     Are more successful in adapting to new family dynamics

  •     Have greater success with breastfeeding

  •     Have greater self-confidence

  •     Have less postpartum depression

  •     Have lower incidence of abuse

Benefits of a Birth Doula 

Studies have shown that women who have the continuous support – like that of a doula – with them during labor, and birth experienced:

  • An overall reduction of 28% in cesarean deliveries;

  • A reduction in the length of labor;

  • A 31% reduction in the use of Pitocin (a drug used to induce labor);

  • A 12% increase in the likelihood of spontaneous vaginal birth, that is, birth without assistance of forceps or vacuum;

  • A 9% reduction in the use of pain medications;

  • A 14% decrease in the risk of newborns being admitted to a special care nursery

  • 34% decrease in the risk of being dissatisfied with the birth experience*



* Hodnett ED, Gates S, Hofmeyr G, Sakala C. Continuous support for women during childbirth. 
Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2013, Issue 7. Art. No.: CD003766. 
DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD003766.pub5




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