What are the benefits of having a doula?

Women supported by a doula during labour have been shown to have:
Up to 50% reduction of cesarean rate
25% shorter labour for first time mothers
60% reduction in epidural requests
40% reduction in the use of artificial oxytocin
30% reduction in the use of forceps delivery
A decrease in the use of pain relief medication

Benefits for Mother:
Greater opportunity for bonding with baby & partner
Higher rates of successful breastfeeding
Lower rates of post natal depression
Greater sense of achievement
Greater sense of support
Greater satisfaction of her partners roll in supporting her during labour

Benefits for Father:
Less pressure as the sole support person
Ability to have breaks if needed
Tips and ideas on how to best support their labouring partner
Emotional support and reassurance

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