Benefits of Having a Doula Present

Numerous studies have shown that the presence of a doula results in:

  • 50% reduction in cesarean rates*
  • 40% reduction in forceps deliveries*
  • 25% shorter labors*
  • 60% reduction in epidural requests*
  • 40% reduction in Pitocin use*
  • better mother-infant bonding*
  • 30% reduction in analgesia use*
  • reduced post-partum depression*

*(Mothering the Mother: How a Doula Can Help You Have a Shorter, Easier, and Healthier Birth), Klaus, Kennell, and Klaus

Benefits of a Doula Present at the Birth of a Child by Martin T. Stein, John H. Kennell and Ann Fulcher published in Pediatrics 2004

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