Feeling sad and weepy after the baby is born
85% of women - “mood disturbance”
15% of women - depression
Better birth experience with a doula
→ happier mom
(makes sense to us!)
In conclusion, the presence of a doula
brings you ….
• More likely to give birth without sedation
medications (analgesia or anesthesia).
• More likely to have a spontaneous vaginal birth.
• More likely to breastfeed your babies.
• More satisfaction with childbirth experiences
• Shorter labor length.
• Less complications
(Hodnett, Gates, & Sakala, 2007)
Doula – the “lemons into lemonade”
converter in your birth room!
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