SOME DOULA FACTS
Whilst doulas are not there to alter outcomes, a mounting body of research has shown that pregnant people choosing doula support in labour and birth, are likely to need fewer interventions and experience an easier labour. In 2017, Bohren et al. published an updated Cochrane review on the use of continuous support for women during childbirth. The researchers found that overall, people who have continuous support during childbirth experience:
- 39% decrease in the risk of Cesarean.
- 15% increase in the likelihood of a spontaneous vaginal birth.
- 10% decrease in the use of any medications for pain relief.
- Shorter labours by 41 minutes on average.
- 38% decrease in the baby’s risk of a low five minute Apgar score.
- 31% decrease in the risk of being dissatisfied with the birth experience; mothers’ risk of being dissatisfied with the birth experience was reduced with continuous support provided by a doula or someone in their social network (family or friend), but not hospitaltaff.