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What are the benefits of using a doula?
Studies have shown that by including a doula at your birth, you may greatly reduce:

  1. The chances of a cesarean
  2. The mother’s request for pain medication
  3. The use of pitocin by 40% (a labor-inducing drug), forceps or vacuum extraction
  4. The length of your labor by 25%
  5. Negative feelings about one’s childbirth experience
  6. Postpartum depression

Doulas often use the power of touch and massage to reduce stress and anxiety during labor. Massage has been proven to help stimulate the production of natural oxytocin. The pituitary gland releases natural oxytocin into the bloodstream, causing uterine contractions, and into the brain, resulting in feelings of well being, drowsiness and higher pain threshold. Because the synthetic IV oxytocin called pitocin can not cross into both the bloodstream and the brain it increases the contractions without the positive psychological benefits of natural oxytocin.

Statistics show that using a trained doula can have the following results:

  • 60% less request of epidurals
  • 50% reduction in C-Section
  • Better mother-infant interaction
  • Greater satisfaction with the birth and improved neo-natal outcomes
  • Feeling more secure and cared for
  • Are more successful in adapting to new family dynamics
  • Greater success with breastfeeding
  • Greater self-confidence

You can find this and more information on the DONA international website.

Read my blog to learn more about why you should consider hiring a doula!