A doula is "a trained professional who provides continuous physical, emotional and informational support to a mother before, during and shortly after childbirth to help her achieve the healthiest, most satisfying experience possible." They don't provide any medical services but rather nurture, support, and guide families so they have better outcomes. 

Evidence shows that having a doula present results in:

  • lower likelihood of needing Pitocin

  • reduced likelihood of having a cesarean birth

  • fewer requests for pain medications

  • fewer births needing forceps or vacuum extraction

  • decreased anxiety

  • more positive long-term memories

  • higher likelihood of rating their childbirth experience positively

  • better Apgar scores for babies

  • more self-esteem and confidence

  • improved postpartum mental health

  • improved relaxation

  • increased movement.

In addition, partners feel supported during the experience which helps parents to have a better and more supportive environment during and after childbirth.