Research has shown that continuous labor support provided by a Doula results in: 

- 31% decrease in the use of Pitocin

-28% decrease in the risk of Cesaerean

-12% increase in the likelihood of a spontaneous vaginal birth

-9% decrease in the use of any medications for pain relief

-14% decrease in the risk of newborns being admitted to a specialcare nursey

-34% decrease in the risk of being dissatisfied with the birth experience

Birth Doulas Provide: 

- Continual physical support starting from early labor

-Continual emmotional support, and on call services from 37 weeks

-Partner Support

-Evidence-Based information

-Family advocacy support 

 

A Birth Doula will not: 

-Perform  clinical tasks such as vaginal exams or fetal heart monitoring

-Give medical advice or diagnose conditions 

-Make decisions for the family (medical or otherwise)

-Take over the role of the partner

-Catch the Baby