research shows

One of the most effective tools to improve labor and delivery outcomes is the continuous presence of a support person, such as a doula.

Safe Prevention of the Primary Cesarean, journal published by The American College of Obstetrics and Gynecologists and The Society for Maternal Fetal Medicine, 2014.

 
 
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Women with doula support experience

 
 

51%

reduction in C-sections

2.8 hours

SHORTER LABOR TIME

57%

less likely to require forceps for delivery

 

 

Evidence shows that introducing doulas to the healthcare delivery system, particularly in the Medicaid population leads to substantial annual savings

 
 
 

$63M

gross cost savings from women having access to doula care

 
 

 

Research backed benefits associated with doula support

 

FOR MOM AND BABY

  • Higher patient satisfaction

  • Shorter labors

  • Lower risk of preterm birth, postpartum depression

  • Lower risk of unnecessary interventions

    • C-sections

    • Inductions

    • Labor augmentation

    • Epidurals

    • Assisted vaginal deliveries

  • Higher infant APGAR scores (and lower NICU admission risk)

  • Higher breastfeeding initiation rates

 

FOR HOSPITALS, CLINICAL PROVIDERS

AND HEALTH CARE SYSTEMS

  • Lower average cost of care

  • Higher patient retention for future pregnancies and other services moving forward

  • Opportunity to acquire new patients or members

  • Reduced workload for nurses and frontline providers with many simultaneous responsibilities