Peace on Earth Begins with Birth Better Birth Network
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Statistics of Doula-Supported Births
Numerous studies have shown the benefits of a doula-supported birth. As you consider a doula-supported birth, consider some of the findings:
Effects on Birth Outcomes:
  • Labors are 25% shorter.¹
  • There are fewer complications.
  • Cesarean rates are reduced by 50%.¹
  • There is 40% less need for oxytocin to speed up labor.¹
  • Need for forceps is reduced by 40%.¹
  • Women request 30% less pain medication and 60% fewer epidurals.¹
Effects on the Mother:
  • Greater satisfaction with their birth experience.
  • More positive assessments of their babies.
  • Less postpartum depression.
Effects on the Baby:
  • Babies have shorter hospital stays with fewer admissions to special care nurseries.
  • Babies breastfeed more easily.
  • Mothers are more affectionate to their babies postpartum.
Effects on the Health Care System:
  • The cost of obstetrical care is dramatically reduced.
  • Women are pleased with the personalized care doulas offer.
  • The Benefit of continuous support in labor is recognized by:
    • The World Health Organization
    • The Medical Leadership Council (an organization of over 1200 U.S. hospitals)
    • The Society of Obstetricians and Gynecologists of Canada
Contact us to discuss how our doulas can provide the support you need to help your birth happen in the way that you desire. ¹ Mothering the Mother, How a Doula Can Help You Have a Shorter, Easier and Healthier Birth, by Kennell, Klaus, and Kennell (1993)
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