Statistics on the addition of a doula to a birthing team

51.% lowered odds of having a caesarean birth
36% reduction in use of pain medication
71% reduction in use of synthetic oxytocin
57% reduction in forceps delivery
46.5% reduction in problems breastfeeding postpartum
12% reduction in newborns being admitted to special care
34% decrease in likelihood of dissatisfaction with birth
an average of 1 hour & 38 minutes shorter labour



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