Studies About Doulas
The following are links to studies about doulas and how they benefit families and maternal outcomes. We know, and the following are a few examples of how doulas are an essential part of any birth team. These studies about doulas illustrate that.
Many studies have acknowledged the advantages of having a doula present during labor. The Cochrane Review, Continuous Support for Women During Childbirth, demonstrated a very high amount of positive birth outcomes when a doula was in attendance. With Dooula support, clients were less prone to have pain-relief medications dispensed and less likely to have a cesarean birth. Clients also stated they had a positive childbirth experience.1
Additionally, other studies have demonstrated that having a doula as part of the birth team:
- Decreased the overall cesarean rate by 50%,
- Lessened the length of labor by 25%
- Decreased the use of oxytocin by 40%,
- Reduced requests for an epidural by 60%
Being a doula is a wonderful career choice. It makes a difference in maternal and infant health and outcomes. Read our birth worker guide to help you decide what type of birth worker you want to be.