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Benefits of Having a Doula

How would you like your chances of having a positive birth instantaneously go up by 34%? What about lessening your chances of a C-section by 28%? Want to have a shorter labor? Research has found that by having a doula, you may not only have a better birth, but also improve your baby’s health and the quality of your postpartum recovery.

With the help of a doula:

 

Mothers:
        • Feel more secure and cared for
        • Are more successful in adapting to new family dynamics
        • Have greater self-confidence
        • Have more positive assessments of their babies
        • Have less postpartum depression
Their partners:
        • Have more confidence in their ability to assist in the birth

Babies:
          • Have shorter hospital stays with fewer admissions to special care nurseries
          • Breastfeed longer
          • Have a better mother-infant connection and bond
Labor and birth:
            • Are shorter
            • Have fewer complications
            • Require less need for forceps or vacuum extractions

“If a doula were a drug, it would be malpractice not to use it.”

Dr. John H. Kennell, perinatal care pioneer.