Evidence that Doula’s make a difference
Research has looked to see if the type of support a women has during labour and birth made a difference. They also considered — does it matter who birthing persons chooses for their continuous support? Does it matter if they choose a midwife, doula, or partner for continuous support?
Two outcomes showed that the best results occurred when a birthing person had continuous labor support from a doula– someone who was NOT a staff member at the hospital and who was NOT part of their social network. The research found that overall, people who have continuous support during childbirth experience a:
- 39% decrease in the risk of Cesarean;
- 31% decrease in the use of Pitocin
- 12% increase in the likelihood of a spontaneous vaginal birth
- 9% decrease in the use of any medications for pain relief
- 4% decrease in the risk of newborns being admitted to a special care nursery
- 34% decrease in the risk of being dissatisfied with the birth experience
Details taken from Evidence Based Birth
”Nicola helped keep me focused and calm throughout my birth. I felt like her support was invaluable.