The many benefits of hiring a certified birth doula are recognized by the World Health Organization and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.

Several studies show that a doula’s continuous support, practical knowledge, and labor enhancing techniques help to reduce pain and anxiety in laboring women. When a laboring woman is less frightened and feels less pain, her labor is more likely to progress without the need for interventions. Research shows that a doula’s presence during labor and birth results in the following positive outcomes:

  • reduction in the rate of cesareans
  • reduction in epidural requests
  • reduction in the use of pitocin (a contraction induction method)
  • reduction in vacuum assisted deliveries
  • shorter labors
  • an increase in successful breastfeeding and bonding
  • a reduction in “baby blues” and postpartum depression

Research shows that postpartum doula care results in the following positive outcomes for families:

  • parents feel more secure and cared for
  • more successful in adapting to new family dynamics
  • greater success with breastfeeding
  • greater self-confidence
  • less postpartum depression
  • lower incidence of abuse