Why hire a doula?


This is one of the questions I have been asked most often. Many people wonder what the benefit of having a person doing exactly what their partner and midwife would do.

There are many reasons why a doula is different from the partner and a midwife.

However, it is not mentioned in it, that research has shown the effectiveness of a doula in reducing the medicalization of delivery so much so that WHO recently affirmed that doula is a precious presence during childbirth and that every woman should have on her side.

“Continuous support during labour has clinically meaningful benefits for women and infants and no known harm. All women should have support throughout labour and birth.”


Authors’ conclusions on the Cochrane database 

Continuous support during labour may improve outcomes for women and infants, including increased spontaneous vaginal birth, shorter duration of labour, and decreased caesarean birth, instrumental vaginal birth, use of any analgesia, use of regional analgesia, low five-minute Apgar score and negative feelings about childbirth experiences. We found no evidence of harms of continuous labour support. Subgroup analyses should be interpreted with caution, and considered as exploratory and hypothesis-generating, but evidence suggests continuous support with certain provider characteristics, in settings where epidural analgesia was not routinely available, in settings where women were not permitted to have companions of their choosing in labour, and in middle-income country settings, may have a favourable impact on outcomes such as caesarean birth.

Continuous support for women during childbirth, Cochrane database of systematic reviews (Online) 7(2) · July 2017

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Continuous support for women during childbirth


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