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Klaus, Kennell, and Klaus (1993) reported that the introduction of a doula had significant effects. The presence of a doula reduced the cesarean birth rate by 50%, the length of labor by 25%, the use of oxytocin by 40%, the need for forceps by 40%, the request for pain medication by 30%, and the use of epidural anesthesia by 60%. Women who had a doula present during labor reported feelings of having coped well with labor, described greater satisfaction with the birth, had less anxiety after birth, and reported improved relationship with their partners after the birth. These women had higher self-esteem scores and lower postpartum depression and anxiety 6 weeks after delivery. There were numerous benefits to their babies as well: Babies had fewer neonatal complications, fewer workups for sepsis, and fewer health problems at 6 weeks than the infants of women who had not had a doula present during labor.
Childbirth Education Practice, Research and Theory by Francine H nicols and Sharron Smith Humenick pp311