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What are the benefits of
hiring a doula? 

Having a doula in your birth team can bring lots of benefits, as discussed in this article

The benefits include:

Continuity/continuous presence

  • Reassurance

  • Encouragement

  • Help you feel heard & held

  • Advocacy

  • Emotional Support

  • Practical Support

  • Birth Preparation/Antenatal Education

 

What a doula cannot do:

  • Give medical advice or perform clinical tasks (such as vaginal examinations or fetal heart monitoring)

  • Make decisions for you

  • Try to convince you to make certain decisions or judge the decisions you make 

What are the benefits to hiring a doula?

  • descrease in the risk of caeserean 

  • increase in the likelihood of a spontaneous vaginal birth

  • decrease in the use of any medications for pain relief

  • Shorter labours by 41 minutes on average

  • decrease in the baby's risk of a low five minute Apgar score

  • decrease in the risk of being dissatisfied with the birth experience.

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