Why You Need A Doula

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) and Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine (SMFM) issued a joint statement:

Published data indicate that one of the most effective tools to improve labor and delivery outcomes is the continuous presence of support personnel, such as a doula. 

According to a Cochrane Review published in 2012 by Hodnett and colleagues, when continuous labor support is provided by a doula, women experience a:

  • 31% decrease in the use of Pitocin.
  • 28% decrease in the risk of C-section.
  • 12% increase in the likelihood of a spontaneous vaginal birth.
  • 9% decrease in the use of any medications for pain relief.
  • 14% decrease in the risk of newborn being admitted to a special care nursery.
  • 34% decrease in the risk of being dissatisfied with the birth experience.  

You can read the full statement here.  

More evidence based information about doulas.

Doulas and Health Care Providers:  Working Together for Better Maternal and Infant Outcomes

Why Dads need doulas.

How to hire a doula.  

In Colorado?  Sign up for a Bradley Method Class or Breastfeeding Class!


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