Most recently I was contacted by a mother to be who was interested in having a doula at her birth. She was very excited to have a natural childbirth because she had heard about horror stories when women went into labor and their doctor rushed them through the delivery. Much to her disatisfaction, she was told that she could not have a doula and her family in the room at the time of delivery, she had to make a choice because the doctor did not want that many people watching. I let her know that the choice was ultimately hers as we are not friends or family but we are part of the medical team helping the moms to be through labor and delivery. She decided that she would go with her family in the room and hope for the best.
Delivery day came and she was very excited to give birth, what she did not anticipate was being in labor for almost 2 days with a failure to progress. She received her epidural the minute that she arrived there and she thought surely she would deliver within a few short hours. Well, she notes that was not the case after she failed to progress. The Epidural slowed the labor down and because she was bed bound, she was not able to put all the labor tips into action to help herself along. She ended up with a C-section for failure to progress. The good part is that both mom and baby are doing great, the sad part as she put it was that she was never given an opportunity to try to birth her baby naturally before she was offered an epidural the minute she walked in the door.
The benefits of having a doula documented by the 2017 Cochrane Review indicated that having continuous support for women during childbirth, showed positive outcomes when a doula was part of the birth team. When a doula is present, it decreases the chances of having pain medications, c sections, and it helps the mother have a positive birth experience that she will remember for life.
Here is the study that was done by the Cochrane Review https://www.cochrane.org/CD003766/PREG_continuous-support-women-during-childbirth
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