ACOG reiterates doulas can be safely used to reduce the number of primary c-sections in the U.S.

“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. A Cochrane meta-analysis of 12 trials and more than 15,000 women demonstrated that 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.”

Read more about the latest Obstetric Care Consensus on safely reducing and preventing first-time c-sections from the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine here.

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