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What does the research tell us?
Benefits of having support during labor:
Less stress and anxiety during pregnancy and labor
Increase in the likelihood of a spontaneous vaginal birth
Decreased rate of cesarean birth (emergency)
Less likely to use any pain medications
Less likely to request an epidural
Less likely to use synthetic oxytocin
Increase in five minute Apgar score
Shorter labor time
More satisfaction with the overall birth experience
Less postpartum anxiety and depression
(DONA International Birth Doula Manual/2017, American Pediatrics, Evidence-Based Birth)