The most comprehensive study was done in 1991. Researchers found that when a doula was present there was a:
50% reduction in cesarean rates
25% reduction in length of labor
40% reduction in the use of forceps
40% reduction in the use of pitocin
30% reduction in the need for pain medication
60% reduction in requests for epidural anesthesia
Kennel, et al, JAMA, May 1, 1991, Vol. 265, No. 17.
Additional studies have corroborated these findings.
There is another study that shows women are 35% less likely to rate their birth experience as negative with the use of a doula. That is the biggest reason I'm doing this. I think the birth of your children should be a profoundly joyful experience. It saddens me that for some women it is a negative experience. I want to change that!
I'm blessed to be partnering with a woman who has been a doula in town for more than 7 years. She has laid a great foundation for doulas in this town and has fostered wonderful relationships with hospitals and doctors. I'm so grateful for that! There is no way this momma of 4 could do this type of job on my own :)
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