How support from a DOULA impacts birth outcomes: The evidence from 16 recent studies
A new scoping review of 16 recent studies reveals a really long list of health benefits of having the support of a doula before, during and after childbirth.
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It was Friday night, it was raining, we were rushing to get to a birth, and then we hit bad traffic.
In the car next to me was Sally. She was driving the car. We were on our way to Sally’s first ever birth as a brand new birth doula.
I was filming Sally for a documentary I was making about doulas — called DOULA!
“I feel like the cavalry because the baby is on its way” said Sally (you can watch Sally in the film trailer on this link — the film is available to rent/buy on Vimeo)
Watch DOULA! Online | Vimeo On Demand
Featuring actual birth footage, DOULA! is a 50 minute documentary following birth doulas as they support three women…
The traffic eventually cleared and we got to the house to find the Mum in early labour, with regular contractions.
And wow. What a night it was. I saw with my own eyes the incredible difference having a doula can make to someone’s experience of childbirth.
Throughout that night, Sally provided non-medical practical and emotional support not just to the Mum, but to the Dad too, and also to the attending home-birth midwives.
Sally held the Mum’s hand during contractions, she made endless cups of tea, she did whatever was needed to help faciliate a smooth and beautiful vaginal birth. Within seconds, the baby was put onto the Mum’s chest for uninterrupted immediate skin-to-skin contact, with breastfeeding initiated within the first hour.