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Benefits of a Doula

Studies assessing the role of the doula have shown the following benefits for childbearing women:

Adapted from: Stein, Kennell, and Fulcher.
Benefits of a Doula Present at the Birth of a Child. Pediatrics. 2004; 114: 1488-1491.

A Doula...

  • Can be very helpful for both the laboring woman and her partner.
  • Does not replace the role of the partner, but can offer encouragement, support, and suggestions on how the partner can best help to support the laboring woman throughout the birth process.
  • Adapts holistically to the needs of each woman and family.
  • Compliments medical care and midwifery care.

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