Benefits of Having a Doula - Amanda Hilton
Benefits of Having a Doula
Amanda Hilton / February 2019

Have you thought about adding a doula to your birthing team? Here are some reasons why you absolutely MUST! Giving birth, whether you are a first-time parent or a seasoned veteran at the birthing process, is a momentous experience. Having a professional support person in your corner can provide health benefits and a positive birth experience. Doulas provide physical, emotional and informational support during the prenatal, labour and postpartum periods.

Statistics Say...
Having a doula present during your labour provides you will 100% support in any form that you need it. According to the book, “Mothering the Mother” by Marshall Klaus, John Kennell & Phyllis Klaus, statistics show that with a doula present during birth there is:
  • 25% shorter labour 
  • 60% reduction in epidural requests 
  • 30% reduction in analgesia use 
  • 40% reduction in forceps being used in delivery 
  • 40% reduction in oxytocin use 

Why? Because a doula will give you informational support prior to labour to help you build the birth plan you need. A doula will prepare you for possible medical interventions and the risks involved with each and facilitate for you to advocate for yourself so that you get the birthing experience you want. A doula will support you physically to ease your pain naturally and help you emotionally to get through the hardest parts of your labour.

Health Benefits 
So, we see how a doula will help your rock your birth but you’re still sitting on the fence about why you need a doula. Here are some more statistics-based stats that show how having continuous labour support through doula care will benefit your health.
  • 9% drop in use of pain medication 
  • 31% less use of Pitocin 
  • 34% fewer negative birth experiences 
  • 40 minutes shorter labour 
  • 28% fewer caesareans 
  • 12% more spontaneous vaginal births 
  • Higher Apgar score 
  • Increased breastfeeding with prenatal and postpartum doula care 

If you are at all still unsure about why you need a doula, call or message me so we can discuss your birth goals and how, as a doula, I can help you achieve them.