Numerous clinical studies* have found that a doula’s presence at birth:
Research* shows parents who receive support can:
(Cited from DONA International's website: www.dona.org)
*An updated systematic review of the effects of continuous labor support that summarizes the results of 21 randomized controlled trials involving over 15,000 women was published in The Cochrane Library in 2011, issue 2, and is available on the Childbirth Connection website (www.childbirthconnection.org). Hodnett ED, Gates S, Hofmeyr GJ, Sakala C, Weston J. Continuous support for women during childbirth. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2011, Issue 2. Art. No.: CD003766. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD003766.pub3.