The process of childbirth is a life-changing experience that can deeply impact the way a person feels about themselves, their bodies, and their families. When one feels supported and cared for, they are more able to confidently navigate the natural (yet demanding) process of labor and childbirth.
Numerous clinical studies have found that a doula’s presence at birth:
- tends to result in shorter labors with fewer complications
- reduces negative feelings about one’s childbirth experience
- reduces the need for Pitocin (a labor-inducing drug), forceps or vacuum extraction and cesareans
- reduces requests for pain medication and/or epiduralsStatistics taken from DONA.org.
Birth doulas accompany families in labor to help ensure safe and satisfying birth experiences. Birth doulas do not: