As an aspiring Midwife, MD (a holistic OB/GYN), I love the idea of offering women and familes a “true choice” in child birthing options. Bringing life into the world should not be primarily viewed as a medical intervention, but as normal part of the life process. Surgical interventions in birth should be one of MANY other options.
Another study regarding doulas and their relationship to mothers avoiding medically unnecessary C-Sections was recently published. The study compared mothers who hired doulas with mothers who either wanted doulas and were unable to hire one, mothers who were not familiar with doula work (and therefore did not know they could hire one), and mothers who did not wish to hire a doula as part of their birth team. The study looked at their birth outcomes and overwhelmingly concluded that, statistically, women who knew what doulas were and were able to hire one greatly reduced their C-Section rate.
Here’s the article:
“The presence of a doula at birth was linked to an almost 60 percent reduction in women’s odds of having a C-section, and 80 percent lower odds of having a nonmedically indicated C-section compared with women who had no doula. (Overall, 10 percent of the women in the survey…
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