Are doulas the new superheroes?

Doula Superhero

ARE DOULAS THE NEW SUPERHEROES?

On our DOULA! film Facebook page and on Twitter (@doulafilm), I posted that I thought doulas are the new superheroes because they can help save the world. Here’s why:

More people know about doulas

= more people hire doulas

= more people have better births

= world is a better place

And how do more people get to know about doulas – by watching our DOULA! film! And anyone can arrange their own public DOULA! film screening for FREE during World Doula Week March 22-28. CLICK HERE for more info on this.

Expanding on this idea, here’s a countdown of 15 ways doulas are saving the world!

No. 15. A doula reduces a mother’s fears = less stressful pregnancy and birth = more healthy mother and baby = world is a better place

No 14. A doula helps a mother make more  informed decisions = better birth = world is a better place

No 13. Having a postnatal doula = mother less likely to have postnatal depression = better for family = world is a better place

No 12. Having a doula = increases mother’s self-esteem = better start for family = world is a better place

No 11. Having a doula = practical support during birth = frees up partner to support mother = better birth = world is a better place

No. 10. Doulas can help with pain relief = breathing, relaxing, massage and labouring positions = better birth = world is a better place

No. 9. A doula-supported mother is 50% less likely to need a caesarean section = mother and baby healthier = world is a better place

No. 8. A doula-supported mother will have 25% shorter labour = mother and baby healthier = world is a better place

No. 7. Benefits of doula = 60% reduction in epidural requests = mother and baby healthier = world is a better place

No. 6. Benefits of doula = 40% reduction in synthetic oxytocin= mother and baby healthier = world is a better place

No. 5. Benefits of doula = 30% reduction in analgesia= mother and baby healthier = world is a better place

No. 4. Benefits of doula = 40% reduction in forceps= mother and baby healthier = world is a better place

No 3. Benefits of doula = Fathers feel more satisfied = families are happier = world is a better place

No 2. Benefits of doula = 67% mums still breastfeeding at 6 months = world is a better place

No 1. Benefits of doula = Continuity of care during pregnancy and birth= mums are much happier = world is a better place

What do you think? What other ways can doulas save the world?

Research Evidence

A recent Cochrane Review, Continuous Support for Women During Childbirth, revealed a very high number of positive birth outcomes when a doula was present. When a doula was present, women were less likely to have pain relief medications administered, less likely to have a cesarean birth, and reported having a more positive childbirth experience

Hodnett ED. Gates S Hofmeyr GJ. Sakala C. Continuous Support for Women During Childbirth. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews.(3) CD003766, 2003. Extract here

More doula research reference documents can be found here:

http://doula.org.uk/content/research-doulas

Other books on doulas:

  • Mothering the Mother: How a Doula can help you have a shorter, easier and healthier Birth by Marshall H. Klaus, Phyllis H. Klaus, and John Kennell.
  • The Doula Book by Marshall H. Klaus, John Kennell, and Phyllis H. Klaus.
  • The Doula Advantage by Rachel Gurevich.
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