Doulas! Just what the doctor recommended.
Did you know that this week the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) and the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine (SMFM) issued a joint statement: Safe Prevention of the Primary Cesarean Delivery recommending doulas? See excerpts below:
“Increasing women’s access to nonmedical interventions during labor, such as continuous labor and delivery support, also has been shown to reduce cesarean birth rates.”
“Published data indicate that one of the most effective tools to improve labor and delivery outcomes is the continuous presence of support personnel, such as a doula.”
“…the presence of continuous one-on-one support during labor and delivery was associated with improved patient satisfaction and a statistically significant reduction in the rate of cesarean delivery.”
“Given that there are no associated measurable harms, this resource is probably underutilized.”
You can read the full statement here.
This is something that doulas have known for years but it is wonderful to see that the medical world is noticing positive results from having us present. Many area Obstetricians recommend their patients to our care and with this new statement I expect many more to follow.
When doulas and doctors work together towards improving maternal health outcomes incredible things can happen.