Why do I need a Birth Buddy?

Why do I need a doula?

Research has shown that having a doula present at a birth results in the following:

Effects on the birth outcome:

* Labours are 25% to 50% shorter
* There are fewer complications
* Caesarean rates are reduced by up to 51%
* There is a 40% less need for Pitocin to speed up labour
* 71% reduction in use of oxytocin
* Use of forceps is reduced by 57%
* Women request less or no pain medications and epidurals (30% to 60%)

Effects on the parents:

* Women report greater satisfaction with childbirth and their abilities to be a good mother
* Mothers have more positive assessments of their babies
* Less postpartum depression
* 70% of couples were more satisfied with their relationship six weeks postpartum, compared to only 30% of couples without doulas

Effects on the baby:

Labouring Mom

* Newborns have shorter hospital stays and fewer admissions to special care nurseries
* Newborns breastfeed more easily
* Facilitates affectionate bonding between mother and child postpartum

Effects on the healthcare system:

* Obstetrical care costs are dramatically reduced
* Women are pleased with the personalized care doulas offer
* Nurses are less stressed knowing that there is a professional doula with the mother at all times

A doula…
Recognizes birth as a key life experience that the mother will remember all her life…Understands the physiology of birth and the emotional needs of a woman in labour…

Assists the woman and her partner in preparing for and carrying out their plans for the birth…

Stays by the side of the labouring woman throughout the entire labour…

Provides emotional support, physical comfort measures, an objective viewpoint and assistance to the woman in getting the information she needs to make good decisions…

Facilitates communication between the labouring woman, her partner and clinical care-providers…

Perceives her role as one who nurtures and protects the woman’s memory of her birth experience.

The acceptance of doulas in maternity care is growing rapidly with the recognition of their important contribution to the improved physical outcomes and emotional well-being of mothers and infants.

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