What are the benefits of having a doula?

Labouring women who have continuous support by a non-medical personnel or member of their family (ie a doula) is:

  • 28% less likely to have a cesarean section
  • 31% less likely to use medication to speed up labor
  • 9% less likely to feel the need to use pain medication such as an epidural
  • 34% less likely to rate their childbirth experience negatively