The Evidence on Doulas at Births
The following statistics are provided by researcher Rebecca Dekker, PhD, RN. Dr. Dekker is the Founder and CEO of Evidence Based Birth and the author of the book "Babies are Not Pizzas- They're Born Not Delivered." Learn more about this research and Dr. Dekkers work here.
39% decrease in the risk of Cesarean with a doula
15% increase in the likelihood of a spontaneous vaginal birth with a doula
10% decrease in the use of any medications for pain relief
Shorter labors by 41 minutes on average
38% decrease in the baby’s risk of a low five minute Apgar score
31% decrease in the risk of being dissatisfied with the birth experience