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Studies show that women who were accompanied by continuous labour support, such as a doula:

  • Are more likely to give birth spontaneously, without induction & intervention

  • Are less likely to use pain medications

  • Are less likely to have a Caesarean section

  • Are less likely to have assisted deliveries with forceps or vacuum

  • Are more likely to be satisfied with their birth experience 

  • Have slightly shorter labours 

  • Have greater breastfeeding outcomes

  • Have increased self-esteem

  • Suffer less postpartum depression

  • Have babies that are less likely to have low five-minute Apgar scores

Dr Dori Skye Engel,
Naturopathic Doctor & Doula

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