IMPROVED OUTCOMES WITH A DOULA
Clinical studies have found that a doula's presence at a birth can result in a shorter labor with fewer complications, and also reduce negative feelings about one's birth experience.
When continuous labor support was provided by a doula, women experienced a(n):
Increase in the likelihood of a spontaneous vaginal birth
Decrease in the likelihood of Cesarean-section
Decline in the use of Pitocin
Reduction or elimination in the use of any medications for pain relief
Lowered risk of newborns being admitted to a special care nursery
Higher satisfaction with the birth experience
Research has also shown that parents who receive support:
Feel more secure and cared for
Are more successful in adapting to new family dynamics
Have greater success with breastfeeding
Enjoy greater self-confidence and self-esteem
Experience less postpartum depression
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