In 2012, a study of 15,000 mothers who chose continuous doula support showed that this decreased the length of labors by 40% It also revealed a 31% decrease in the use of Pitocin.
With a doula, a partner can share in the birth at a level they are most comfortable with. The doula’s skills and knowledge can help everyone to be more relaxed. If the partner wants to provide physical comfort, the doula can provide guidance and make suggestions for what may work best. A doula can help both mom and her partner navigate the process of labor and delivery. With her partner and a doula at birth a mother can have the best of both worlds: her partner’s loving care and attention and the doula’s expertise and guidance in childbirth.
Natural Pain Management
Training Doulas are experienced in a variety of natural pain management methods which can result in decreasing the use of pain medication. This pain management training includes breathing, massage for relaxation, counter pressure, guided relaxation, positioning to reduce pain and for labor progression.
Reduced Risk of C-section
There are many health advantages of having the baby pass through the birth canal. A 2013 study revealed that doulas helped reduce the chances of a C-section by more than 40%.
Adjusting to Motherhood
Postpartum doulas provide assistance with breastfeeding, bonding, sleep training and swaddling techniques, as well as with family relationships. Their guidance and help is complimentary to medical professionals, and extends beyond birth and into motherhood.
Empowering New Mothers
A doula’s experience aims to help mothers feel strong and capable and to positively impact the emotional aspect of giving birth. Studies have shown that the presence of a doula can reduce negative feelings and improves a mother’s long-term view about her baby and herself.