Doula, did you know?
Here are some new research outcomes on the benefits and effectiveness of doulas and continuous support from the Cochrane Database
Here are a few important findings from the study.
Numerous types of information to include illustrative materials are within the full Cochrane document, you can compare all data that was available from all included studies for the specified outcomes. It was found that women who received continuous support were less likely than women who did not to:
- use regional analgesia
- utilize any analgesia/anesthesia
- vacuum extraction or forceps used during the birth process
- to have a cesarean birth
- have a baby with a low 5-minute Apgar score
- reported greater birth satisfaction.
Women receiving continuous support were more likely than those who did not to:
- experience spontaneous birth, this means not forceps or vacuums were used in the birth process.
- experience shorter labor times
It was found that continuous support did not seem to impact:
- use of synthetic oxytocin during labor
- newborn admission to special care nursery, NICU, etc..
- prolonged newborn hospital stay
- breastfeeding rates at 1 to 2 months
- depression in the postpartum period
- self-esteem in the postpartum period
- severe perineal trauma
- labor pain severity
This is a wonderful study to illustrate what supportive care in labor can do, and in addition by omission it shows what can be done with postpartum support to support healing and beastfeeding rates.