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Hypnobirthing Hamilton

Welcoming baby Kirsten, the first baby whose birth I had the privilege of attending.

​Yes, that is a Polaroid! It was 1992...

RESEARCH


Numerous clinical studies have found that a doula’s presence at birth:

  • tends to shorten the length of labour while simultaneously reducing the incidence of complications
  • mitigates negative feelings about one’s childbirth experience
  • results in lower rates of forceps and vacuum-assisted births
  • reduces the incidence of Cesarean birth
  • decreases the mother’s desire for pain medication, including epidural


Research shows parents who receive support are more apt to:

  • report feeling secure and cared for
  • successfully adapt to new family dynamics
  • experience greater success with breastfeeding
  • enjoy healthy self-confidence
  • have a lower incidence of postpartum depression