Research shows that women who have the continuous support of a doula during labour and birth are;

  • less likely to have medical interventions such as pain relief medication, forceps and caesarean,
  • ​more likely to give birth to their baby naturally,
  • ​more likely to have a shorter labour,
  • less likely to have a baby with a low Apgar score (measure of baby's physical condition eg. heartrate, breathing, responsiveness, skin colouration, muscle tone).

noun
noun: doula; plural noun: doulas

A woman who gives help and support to another woman during pregnancy and during and after the birth.

origin

from Greek doulē ‘a woman who serves’

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