A new study in the American Journal of Public Health has found that women who receive Medicaid benefits and who have a doula present at their birth have far less risk of a cesarean birth than Medicaid recipients who do not have the continuous comfort of a doula.
The study, done by researchers at the University of Minnesota, found that if Medicaid had paid for the birth doulas rather than the higher cost of a cesarean birth versus a vaginal birth, the state of Minnesota would have saved $3 million in 2009.
Lead researcher Katy Backes Kozhimannil isn’t surprised by the findings.
“A doula can help a mom move through the physical pains of labor and also through the questions of choices and care. I think that having an advocate in that decision-making process is really important for women.”
Read more in the MinnPost.