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What is a Doula?
 

Doulas provide continuous support for the whole family through pregnancy, birth and in the early days of parenthood. Filling a role that new parents and families have always needed, we are there to listen, give confidence and not judge. Offering flexible, practical and emotional support in homes as well as in hospitals throughout the UK.

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Evidence in support of doulas

There is evidence to show that having a doula can mean:

  • Reduced risk of Caesarean birth.

  • Reduced risk of instrumental birth .

  • Reduced need for painkillers or epidural during birth.

  • Reduced rate of induction of labour.

  • Shorter labour. 

  • Increased parental satisfaction with the birth experience. 

  • Increased likelihood of initiating breastfeeding. 

  • Increased likelihood of successfully establishing breastfeeding & breastfeeding at 6 weeks.

  • Lower incidence of depressive symptomatology.

      https://doula.org.uk/research/

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