A doula can help a mother find positions that are most comfortable and effective, protect her privacy and create an atmosphere to prevent distractions, pressure or fears during the process and natural rhythm of each woman's own labour experience.
According to research undertaken in the US, Klaus, Kennel and Klaus, authors of Mothering the Mother, "How a Doula Can Help You Have a Shorter, Easier and Healthier Birth" have identified the benefits of having a doula at your birth:
- 50% reduction in caesarean rate
- 25% shorter labour
- 60% reduction in epidural requests
- 40% reduction in oxytocin use
- 30% reduction in analgesia use
- 40% reduction in forceps delivery
- Improved breastfeeding
- Decreased incidence of postpartum depression
- Greater maternal satisfaction
- Better mother-infant interaction
- She has a skilled set of hands 'holding the space for her at home and/or in hospital'
- She is surrounded by nurturing and caring energy
- She has a reduced risk of unnecessary interventions
Source - http://www.australiandoulacollege.com.au/what_is_a_doula_/benefits_of_having_a_trained_doula.htm