Research shows that having a doula present at the birth of your baby is one of the most effective ways of reducing the risk of a cesarean. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) says that:
- "Increasing women's access to nonmedical interventions during labor such as continuous labor and delivery support, also has been shown to reduce cesarean birth rates." -"Published data indicate that one of the most effective tools to improve labor and delivery outcomes is the presence of support personnel, such as a doula". "...the presence of continuous one-on-one support during labor and delivery was associated with improved patient satisfaction and a statistically significant reduction in the rate of cesarean delivery. "
As a birth worker having worked in many hospitals in the Portland, Oregon region, I can 100% agree that having a doula present during labor and delivery helps women achieve better birth outcomes. Especially when it comes to non-medicated natural births in the hospital. You wouldn't believe how many nurses say "I've never seen a birth like that".
Laboring mothers need full time support, and doulas provide that. In hospitals, you'll have a constant change of hospital staff. Having one stable individual who is present with you through the entire experience provides a feeling of safety and reliability. A doula also speaks for your behalf to each new individual who enters into your birthing space. This provides continuity of care.