Since I am a little late on Cesarean awareness month…

Inspired by yesterday’s Cesarean post.  This Friday’s birth story photography series is baby Finn’s Cesarean birth.  The photos are incredible and his mother’s account of the birth in her own words (which can be read here) is a must read to supplemental the photos.

Finn | Seattle Birth Stories » CALIMA Portraits.

What are the benefits of hiring a Doula?

Doulas reduce the labor time, reduce the need for medication, and reduce the need for Cesarean. Plus, there is the added bonus of a women there to support you.

The benefits of a trained doula are:

  • Continuous emotional and physical support for the birthing family.
  • Support for the father, which increases his confidence in his role.
  • Knowledge and experience in the birthing process.

Studies have also shown:

  • 50% reduction in cesarean birth
  • 30% reduction in requests for pain medication
  • 60% fewer requests for epidural anesthesia
  • 25% decrease in the length of labor
  • 30% decrease in use of Pitocin
  • Reduction of medical cost
  • Increased breastfeeding success
  • Greater overall satisfaction

Source: Klaus, Kennell, and Klaus, Mothering the Mother, New York, Addison-Wesley, 1993.

Numerous clinical studies have found that a doula’s presence at birth:

  • tends to result in shorter labors with fewer complications
  • reduces negative feelings about one’s childbirth experience
  • reduces the need for pitocin (a labor-inducing drug), forceps or vacuum extraction and cesareans
  • reduces the mother’s request for pain medication and/or epidurals

Research shows parents who receive support can:

  • Feel more secure and cared for
  • Are more successful in adapting to new family dynamics
  • Have greater success with breastfeeding
  • Have greater self-confidence
  • Have less postpartum depression
  • Partner’s have more confidence in their ability to assist in the birth.