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Aug 7, 2008

Benefits of having a Doula

Reduced the overall cesarean rate by 50%
Reduced the length of labour by 25%
Reduced oxytocin use by 40%
Reduced the use of pain medication by 30%
Reduced forceps delivery by 40%
Reduced the use of pain medication by 30%
Reduced requests for epidural pain medication by 60%
Reduced incidences of maternal fever
Reduced the number of days newborns spent in NICU( neo-natal infant care unit)
Reduced the amount of septic workups performed on newborns
Resulted in higher rates of breast-feeding 
Resulted in more positive maternal assessments of maternal confidence
Resulted in more positive maternal assessments of maternal and newborn health
Resulted in decreased rates of postpartum depression

Source: Mothering the Mother: How a Doula Can Help You Have a Shorter, Easier, and Healthier Birth by Marshall H. Klaus, John H. Kennell, Phyllis H. Klaus

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