My husband/significant other will attend the birth - why have a doula as well?
The doula is not meant to sideline or replace the father/significant other. Granted, their respective roles are similar, but the differences are crucial. The father or partner may be better able to provide continuous support but typically has little actual experience in dealing with the often-subtle forces of the labor process. Even fathers who have had intensive preparation are often surprised at the amount of work involved (more than enough for two people) - the process isn't called "labor" for nothing! Even more important, many fathers experience the birth as an emotional journey of their own and find it hard to be objective in such a situation. Studies have shown that fathers usually participate more actively during labor in the presence of a Doula than without one. A responsible Doula supports and encourages the father and enhances him in his support style rather than replaces him.
Are there any other, reasons for having an experienced doula at the birth?
Studies have shown that having a doula may decrease:
Cesarean birth by 51%
Length of labor by 26%
Narcotics use by 32%
Forceps use by 35%
Pitocin use by 44%
Epidural use by 65%
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