What effect do doulas have on birth?

“If a doula were a drug, it would be unethical not to use it.”
— Dr. John Kennell

“Evidence suggests that, in addition to regular nursing care, continuous one-to-one emotional support is associated with improved outcomes for women in labor.” 

-ACOG Committee Opinion, Feb. 2017

According to a 2012 study pubished in the Cochrane review by Hodnett et al.:

  • 31% decrease in the use of Pitocin
  • 28% decrease in the risk of C-section
  • 12% increase in the likelihood of a spontaneous vaginal birth
  • 9% decrease in the use of any medications for pain relief
  • 14% decrease in the risk of newborns being admitted to a special care nursery
  • 34% decrease in the risk of being dissatisfied with the birth experience

Information on doulas:

The Evidence for Doulas

ACOG Committee Opinion-Approaches to Limit Interventions During Labor and Birth

Having a Doula–Is a doula for me?

Mayo Clinic–What are the benefits of having a doula?

How doulas have a huge, positive impact on c-section rates

Local Resources:

South Dakota Doulas

Sioux Falls Breastfeeding Support Group

Educated Mommy (Sioux Falls)

South Dakota Birth Matters

South Dakota Babies

Pregnancy and Birth:

Cochrane Abstracts on birth (evidence based studies)

Spinning Babies (optimal positioning for baby) 

Henci Goer–Informed Choices in Childbirth

Penny Simkin–DONA founder

Books by Ina May Gaskin

Birth Without Fear Blog

Tell Me a Good Birth Story