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  • Writer's pictureTaylor Kriseldi

Why do you need a doula?

Updated: Jun 28, 2021

The evidence is clear: doulas improve birth outcomes, increase satisfaction in childbirth, and decrease the need for interventions.

Women who are supported by a doula during childbirth are:

  • Less likely to undergo a cesarean section

  • Less likely to receive synthetic oxytocin to speed up labor

  • Less likely to use pain medication

  • Less likely to view their birth experience as negative

Continuous support during labor and birth is associated with:

  • Higher likelihood of spontaneous vaginal birth

  • Shorter labor

  • Fewer interventions during birth

Examine the evidence - a doula may be beneficial for you or someone you know!

Evidence Based Birth - Evidence on: Doulas

Check out the position paper by DONA International on the doula's role during childbirth:

Still not convinced? Read the Cochrane review of the research behind continuous support during labor:

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