Research Regarding Doula Support
What does the research say?
How can having a Birth Doula affect the outcomes of a birth?
26% less likely to have a Cesarean Section
31% less likely to use synthetic Oxytocin to speed up labor
28% less likely to use any pain medication
33% less likely to rate their childbirth experience negatively.
What is the role of a Postpartum Doula?
The role of a Postpartum Doula is to be "NEAR" her clients offering support:
N is for "NURTURE": She nurtures the family with her loving heart and hands and meets them where they are, offering them non-judgmental support.
E is for "EDUCATE": She educates the family by modeling behavior, observing, and offering options.
A is for "ASSESS": She is constantly assessing the environment in order to assist the family.
R if for "REFER": She provides resources and referrals to families and assists them to develop the skills to seek out resources and referrals (DONA International, 2013).