Research on Doula support

  No Doula With Doula
Length of labor+ 9.4 hours 7.4 hours
Number of natural vaginal births* 25 116
Use of synthetic oxytocin 44% 17%
Forceps deliveries 26% 8%
Cesarean deliveries 18% 8%
Use of epidurals 55% 8%
+ mothers given oxytocin or having cesarean section are included in this analysis.
* without anesthesia, oxytocin, medication or forceps.

All women in the study were healthy first-time mothers giving birth at term Houston Study, 1991 (Kennell et al)


  No Doula With Doula
Breastfeeding only 29% 51%
Feeding problem 63% 16%
Mothers always pick up baby when crying 40% 80%
Mother satisfied with partner since baby is born 49% 85%
Becoming a mother was easy 11% 45%
Mother can look after baby better than anyone else 31% 72%

The Johannesburg Study, 1991 (Hofmeyr, et al)