The Doula Effect

A doula is a non medical person who supports people during their pregnancy, labour and the early weeks of parenthood. A doula will endeavour to create a calm, supportive environment conducive to a positive experience for you and your birthing partner (if you have one).

To find out more about what a doula is, read this post.


Research has shown that people cared for during labor by a birth doula, compared to those receiving usual care were:

  • 26% less likely to give birth by cesarean section

  • 41% less likely to give birth with a vacuum extractor or forceps

  • 28% less likely to use any analgesia or anesthesia

  • 33% less likely to be dissatisfied or negatively rate their birth experience

Other benefits can include:

  • Reduced need for painkillers or epidural during birth 

  • Reduced rate of induction of labour

  • Shorter labour

  • Increased parental satisfaction with the birth experience

  • Increased likelihood of initiating breastfeeding 

  • Increased likelihood of successfully establishing breastfeeding & breastfeeding at 6 weeks 

  • Lower incidence of depressive symptomatology

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