In 2011, a study was performed to assess the effects of continuous labor support (in the form of doula services) received by over 15,000 women in 21 randomized controlled trials. The results of this study clearly demonstrated the benefits of working with a birth doula, including:

  • doula-birthing-service-seattle-laura-marie-peters-bellivita50% reduction in cesarean rates
  • 25% reduction in the length of labor
  • 60% reduction in the rate of epidural use
  • 40% reduction in the need for forceps
  • Higher breastfeeding rates

Other benefits include:

  • Higher levels of confidence in partners as coaches
  • Increased maternal sense of satisfaction in the birth
  • Overall sense of well-being following delivery
  • Easier transition into parenthood

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