Doulas of North America (DONA) states the following fact: “Studies have shown that when doulas attend birth, labors are shorter with fewer complications, babies are healthier and they breastfeed more easily.” Further studies (shared here from http://www.bellybelly.com) show the following when doulas support women during labor and delivery:

  • 50% fewer Cesarean sections

  • Reduction in the use of forceps or vacuum by 40%

  • 60% fewer requests for epidurals

  • 40% reduction in the use of synthetic oxytocin for inductions or augmentations

  • 30% reduction in use of pain medication

  • 25% reduction in labor length

  • Increased rates of nursing at six weeks post-partum (51% vs. 29%)

  • Higher self-esteem (74% vs. 59%), less anxiety (28% vs. 40%) and less depression (10% vs. 23%) at six weeks post-partum