Evidence and articles on the benefits of doula support.

“Birth isn’t something we suffer, but something we actively do and exult in.” ~Sheila Kitzinger

Cochrane Community

Cochrane is a global independent network of researchers, professionals, patients, carers and people interested in health.

Continuous support for women during labor (2017)

ProPublica

ProPublica is an American nonprofit organization based in New York City. It is a nonprofit newsroom that aims to produce investigative journalism in the public interest.

New York City Launces Initiative to Eliminate Racial Disparities in Maternal Death (2018)

 

How Hospitals Are Failing Black Mothers(2017)

A Larger Role for Midwives Could Improve Deficient U.S. Care for Mothers and Babies (2018)

American Pregnancy Association

The American Pregnancy Association is a non-profit organization that promotes pregnancy wellness and increases the awareness of pregnancy needs

Having a Doula: Is A Doula For Me?

Newsweek

Newsweek is an American weekly news magazine founded in 1933. 

The Truth About Doulas: They Aren’t Just For Rich People

Evidence Based Birth

Putting current evidence-based information into the hands of communities, so they can make empowered  choices.

Evidence on: Doulas (2017)

March of Dimes

March of Dimes is a United States nonprofit organization that works to improve the health of mothers and babies. According to its website, “We believe that every baby deserves the best possible start. Unfortunately, not all babies get one. We are changing that.”

MARCH OF DIMES POSITION STATEMENT: DOULAS AND BIRTH OUTCOMES

Association of State and Territorial Health Officials

The Association of State and Territorial Health Officials represents the public health agencies of all 50 states in the United States, the District of Columbia, the five U.S. territories, and the three freely associated states.

State Policy Approaches to Incorporating Doula Services into Maternal Care

Huffpost Parents

HuffPost is an American news and opinion website and blog, with localized and international editions.

How Doulas Have A Huge, Positive Impact On C-Section Rates (2014)

Midwifery Today

Current midwifery publication focusing on practice, birth, etc.

What Do Doulas Really Do? (2018)

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists

ACOG is a nonprofit organization of women’s health care physicians advocating highest standards of practice, continuing member education and public

ACOG Committee Opinion #766 (Dec 2018)

Childbirth Connection

Childbirth Connection promotes safe, effective and satisfying evidence-based maternity care and is a voice for the needs and interests of childbearing families.

What does research say about labor support?

CM&F

CM&F specializes in medical malpractice insurance for professionals and businesses.

The Case for Doulas At Every Birth (2017)

The NCBI

The National Center for Biotechnology Information advances science and health by providing access to biomedical and genomic information.

Impact of Doulas on Healthy Birth Outcomes (2013)

Mayo Clinic

The Mayo Clinic is a nonprofit academic medical center based in Rochester, Minnesota, focused on integrated clinical practice, education, and research.

What are the benefits of having a doula? (2019)

NPR

National Public Radio is an American privately and publicly funded non-profit membership media organization based in Washington, D.C. 

Doula Support For Pregnant Women Could Improve Care, Reduce Costs  (listen)

Doulas: Exploring a Tradition of Support

 

Parents

Expert advice about pregnancy, your life, and family time from the editors of Parents magazine.

You Have a Doctor, So Why Get A Doula? (2014)

“The first cry of a newborn baby in Chicago or Zamboanga, in Amsterdam or Rangoon, has the same pitch and key, each saying, “I am! I have come through! I belong!” ~Carl Sandburg