Studies have shown that women supported by a Doula during labor have:
-50 percent reduction in the cesarean rate
-25 percent shorter labor
-60 percent reduction in epidural requests
-40 percent reduction in oxytocin (pitocin) use
-40 percent reduction in forceps delivery
Information was obtained from Mothering the Mother: How a Doula can Help you have a Shorter Easier and Healthier Birth by Klaus, Kennell, and Klaus (1993).
Helps with relaxation and concentration.
Encourages nutrition and fluids in early labor.
Assists by suggesting a variety of breathing and position changes.
Is constantly focused on the comfort of the mother and her partner.
She makes sure the environment is one in which the woman feels comfortable and secure.
Provides comfort, support, information and understanding.
Advantages to Fathers/Partners:
A Doula offers comfort, support and guidance to the partner.
A Doula gives suggestions and focus for the partner during labor.
A Doula gives the partner techniques she uses to make him feel an active part.
Partners can direct their attention to loving and supporting the laboring mother.
The Doula can be objective to the situation whereas the partner may not.