• Studies show that a woman with continuous labor support was less likely to:

    • have regional analgesia
    • have any analgesia/anesthesia 
    • give birth with vacuum extraction or forceps 
    • give birth by cesarean 
    • have a baby with a low 5-minute Apgar score
    • report dissatisfaction or a negative rating of their experience*
       
  • Unlike doctors or nurses, a doula stays with you continuously throughout your labor and birth 
  • A doula will join you at your home during early labor if you wish

  • A doula's role is in addition to—not replacing—your partner, allowing them to restroom or snack breaks as necessary

  • A doula is an information source during pregnancy and can offer referrals on anything from a great prenatal massage to articles documenting the latest childbirth research


*Full study by The Cochrane Collaboration® found here.