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%

 Continuous Support for Women During Childbirth. 

Doula Care Improves Health Outcomes, Reduces Racial Disparities and Cuts Cost


Impact of Doulas on Healthy Birth Outcomes

Community-Based Doulas and Midwives


Key to Addressing the U.S. Maternal Health Crisis


Doula Care and Maternal Health:
An Evidence Review

Continuous support for women during childbirth


The nature and management of labor pain: executive summary


Evidence on: Doulas

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.

Birth Worker Guide- Employment, Salaries, and Career Guidelines.

Childbirth educator studies about doulas