The evidence for doulas

Firstly, here are some stats. When continuous labour support was provided by doulas, women experienced a:

    • 31% decrease in the use of induction/augmentation of labour.
    • 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 chance of newborns being admitted to a special care nursery
    • 34% decrease in the chance of being dissatisfied with the birth experience.

For most of these outcomes, the best results occurred when woman had continuous labour support from a doula – someone who was NOT a staff member at the hospital and who was NOT part of the woman’s social network.

And from a study in England:

  • only 12.5% of births supported by doulas ended in caesarean section, just under half the national rate of 25.5%.
  • 26.3% of women had a home birth with doula support, compared to the 2.4% national rate.
  • 22.5% more women initiated breastfeeding with a doula and 31.3% more women were still feeding at six weeks.
  • epidural uptake was less than 15%, compared to a 62.9% national average (49.3% spontaneous births).

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