4. Pain Relief
Natural childbirth—it’s not for everyone. But for those brave women who do want to give drug-free labor a chance, a doula can help keep you comfortable naturally via tactics such as touch and massage. Research shows that doula support during labor reduces the need for epidurals and other analgesic medications.

5. Soothing Environment
For some women labor and delivery is quick, for others it’s, well, NOT. A birth doula can help by creating a soothing atmosphere, staying focused on you while everyone else is doing their jobs and taking some of the pressure off of your (almost certainly) stressed out partner.