Studies about Doulas support

Studies including more than 2000 doula-supported women showed that having a doula present during labour and birth had the effect of:

* 50% reduction in the caesarean rate
* 25% shorter labour in first time mums 
* 60% reduction in epidural requests 
* 30% reduction in analgesia use 
* 40% reduction in forceps delivery
* helping fathers participate with confidence and increases success in breast-feeding.
(Findings taken from "Mothering the Mother" by Klaus, Kennell & Klaus, 1993)
6 weeks after birth, mothers who had doulas were  

* Less anxious and depressed 
* More confident with their baby 
* More satisfied with their partner (71% vs 30%) 
* More likely to be breastfeeding (52% vs. 29%)

 (These statistics appear in A Doula Makes the Difference by Nugent in Mothering Magazine  (Kennell J, Klaus M, McGrath S, Robertson S, Hinkley C. JAMA 1991 May 1;265(17):2197-201))

Complementary services I recommend:

* Yoga for pregnancy - with Julie Cade
  Call: 01442827045  Email: breathe@juliecadeyoga.co.uk
  Visit: www.juliecadeyoga.co.uk, 

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