Evidence/Benefits of a doula

Research indicates that mothers who had a doula present reported their birth as less difficult and painful than mothers who did not have doula present.  Here are some further statistics highlighting the potential benefits of having a doula (Klaus, Kennell and Klaus, 1993) :

  • Shortens labour by an average of 2 hours
  • Significantly reduces the use of synthetic pain relief
  • Decreases the need for oxytocin to induce labour
  • 50% less likely to have a caesarean birth
  • 40% less likely that forceps would be used to assist delivery
  • 60% less likely for epidural to be requested
  • Increases success with breastfeeding
  • Encourages fathers to feel more confident and involved.