Benefits of a Doula

In studies doulas have been shown to...

Decrease medical intervention in labor:
• Reduce the need for cesarean operation by 51%
• Reduce the length of labor by 25%
• Reduce the use of the labor-inducing drug pitocin by 40%
• Reduce pain medication use by 36%
• Reduce the need for forceps by 57%
• Reduce epidural requests by 60%

6 weeks after birth, mothers who had doulas were:
• Less anxious and depressed
• More confident with their baby
• More satisfied with their partner (71% vs 30%)
• More likely to be breastfeeding (52% vs. 29%)

If you like numbers here is a more in depth breakdown of how doulas provide women with numerous benefits and a more positive birth experience!

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"If a doula were a drug, it would be unethical not to use it."
- Dr. John H. Kennell, author of The Doula Book


Paradise Birth and Breastfeeding offers support for families in the Florida Keys and Miami area. I am a doula, lactation consultant, and childbirth educator. I attend births in a variety of settings; working with families in hospitals, birthing centers, and at home. Our services include birth doula support, childbirth education classes, birth plan preparation, breastfeeding classes, baby care classes, lactation consulting, and a guide to resources and natural products for pregnancy, childbirth and parenting.

"Continuous support during labor should be the norm, rather than the exception. All women should be allowed and encouraged to have support people with them continuously during labor."

- Hodnett and colleagues, Cochrane Review, 2004
The Cochrane Review on Effects of Continuous Labor Support, is the most recent systemic review of continuous labor support, which reviewed nearly 13,000 women who participated in 15 randomized controlled trials.

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