Benefits of Having a Doula

[dc]H[/dc]ow would you like your chances of having a positive birth instantaneously go up by 34%? What about lessening your chances of a C-section by 28%? Want to have a shorter labor? Research has found that by having a doula, you may not only have a better birth, but also improve your baby’s health and the quality of your postpartum recovery.

With the help of a doula:

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[mark]Birthing Parents:[/mark]
        • Feel more secure and cared for
        • Are more successful in adapting to new family dynamics
        • Have greater self-confidence
        • Have more positive assessments of their babies
        • Have less postpartum depression
[mark]Their partners:[/mark]
        • Have more confidence in their ability to assist in the birth

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          • Have shorter hospital stays with fewer admissions to special care nurseries
          • Have a longer nursing relationship
          • Have a better primary caregiver-infant connection and bond
[mark]Labor and birth:[/mark]
            • Are shorter
            • Have fewer complications
            • Require less need for forceps or vacuum extractions


“If a doula were a drug, it would be malpractice not to use it.”

Dr. John H. Kennell, perinatal care pioneer.

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