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Why include a doula in your birth experience?

20 January 2020

 

The process of giving birth extends far beyond the physical. It is an emotional and transformative moment of a parents-to-be’s life. The role of a birth doula is to offer support during this time, prioritizing the emotional needs of the pregnant person, “mothering the mother”, and offering continuous labor support for the family.
A 2012 report published by the NIH, which analyzed over 15,000 births, found that persons with continuous labor support:

  • are more likely to have a spontaneous vaginal birth
  • are less likely to have intrapartum analgesia
  • are less likely to report dissatisfaction
  • are more likely to have a have shorter labor
  • are less likely to have a caesarean
  • are less likely to have an instrumental vaginal birth
  • are less likely to have regional analgesia
  • are less likely to have a baby with a low five-minute Apgar score

 

 

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