Originally the word "doula" is an ancient Greek term meaning "woman who serves." But in the last few decades it's been redefined to the meaning we know today.
Having a doula decreases your chance of receiving Pitocin to induce or augment labor by 31%.
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Studies have shown that having a doula decreases your risk of getting a c-section by 28%. These studies used random samples of thousands of women who were assigned their group of either "having a doula" or "not having a doula" making these studies' findings reliable and accurate.
Studies have shown that just having a woman's continuous presence at your birth - not saying or doing anything, simply observing - decreases length of labor and use of interventions and increases feelings of satisfaction. This almost mystical effect is amplified when this woman is a trained and experienced doula who interacts with the couple during labor and birth.