An updated 2017 Cochrane review showed that families who hired a doula experienced shorter labor times, a lowered risk of c-section, reduced use of instruments for delivery, better APGAR score, and a decreased need for medical intervention including pain medication. The role of a doula is one that helps create a positive birth experience by knowing how to support birth and by knowing you! The combined middle ground is why doulas work so well with your birth team AND partner. When faced with decisions on labor or birth, your doula may break down presented suggestions by using the acronym ‘brain.’ What are the Benefits, what are the Risks, what are the Alternatives, what is your Intuition saying and finally your decision, Nothing or Next. This can simplify and bring clarity to a scary decision.