If you are aware of randomized control trials or the Cochrane Review, then you already know the years...no, decades of research documenting the profound benefits of doula care before, during and after labor/birth.
Take a moment, however, to examine the very simple and amazing impact of doulas ~ companionship.
Mankind was never meant to experience life alone. From the very beginnings, we were given friends, companions, helpmates, mates...the list goes on. Why? Because sometimes life is difficult. Life is a challenge or series of challenges and really, who wants to experience those challenges alone? Often a challenge not only stretches us physically, but emotionally and spiritually as well! And when those challenges approach the "overwhelming" point, there is definitely strength in numbers!
But if you have ever breathed, you have already experienced doula care in some form or another. Here are some examples of doulas in our every day life:
When you were about 2 and wanted your mom or dad to be with you in the bathroom, especially when you flushed.
On the play ground when you were 5. It was funner to have a playmate than play alone.
In 4th grade, it was nice to have a buddy to go to run errands for the teacher in school than walk through those scary halls alone.
Sleep-overs in middle school and high school.
In football, it is wonderful to have someone block for you!
The first time you put gas into a car.
Freeways have signs that say HOV ~ high occupancy vehicles.
Even a friend who proof-reads a paper for you.
While these are just a few of the "go with me", "help me" moments in life, I am certain you have some of your own. We live in towns and communities. We are meant to be in contact and friendship with others. They help us and we help them.
So yes, there is evidence-based proof that doula care is beneficial for positive outcomes in labor and birth. But deep down in your heart, you know that having a compassionate companion with you during an exceptional life experience makes that life experience easier.
You know that investing in another not only brings joy and calm to that person but to you too.
Your life is richer and so is theirs.
So is it really any wonder why doulas make a difference?