No matter the case, if you want to be informed, supported and encouraged to birth YOUR way, then hiring a birth doula is an investment in your well-being.
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If you like numbers and science, keep reading...
In a cumulative study of 26 trials involving 15,858 women, across 17 countries, it was found that women allocated continuous support from doulas, had a 39% decrease in the risk of Cesarean section, and 15% increase in the likelihood of spontaneous vaginal birth. (Bohren et al., 2017)
Delivery and labor nurses are wonderful, but their shifts end, and one familiar nurse is replaced with an unfamiliar one (discontinuous care). Some Canadian studies have found that nurses spend about 50-75% of their time outside the birthing person's room. (Gannon & Waghorn, 1996; McNiven et al., 1992; Gale et al. 2001). Doulas, however, remain with you, and have a 100% time commitment.
Doctors may offer exquisite medical support, but are not necessarily available when you go into (spontaneous) labour. Midwives offer continuous and thorough care, and help ensure your you and your baby are healthy, but they simply don't have the time to remain at your side and do hip squeezes for 8 hours.
Doulas (and midwives), however, develop a relationship with you weeks before you go into labour, and understand what makes your experience unique and special. Their care is continuous throughout labour, and you and your comfort are their ONLY priority.
For a more robust analysis, check out Evidence Based Birth's evidence for Doulas, here.