How Doulas Help

Benefits of a Doula’s Presence at Birth

Effects on the Mother

  • Greater satisfaction with her birth experience
  • More positive assessments of her baby
  • Less postpartum depression

Effects on the Baby

  • Babies have shorter hospital stays with fewer admissions to special care nurseries
  • Better mother-infant connection and bonding
  • Babies breastfeed longer

Effects on Birth Outcomes

  • Shorter labors
  • Fewer complications
  • Fewer Cesareans
  • Less need for Oxytocin
  • Less need for forceps or vacuum extraction
  • Less requests for pain medication and epidurals

Effects on Dads

  • Encourages dad to participate to his own comfort level
  • Offers reassurance throughout labour & birth
  • Gives dad a much needed break (food, drink, bathroom)

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