Doulas offer experienced support and comfort measures for the laboring parent and have the skills to help them to initiate early breastfeeding.  The laboring parent has natural pain reducing hormones which are suppressed by the use of epidurals and cesarean sections. The doula supports the parent’s natural pain relieving responses to labor. “The doula’s presence decreases labor length, significantly decreases cesarean sections, means less use of pain medicine and gives greater breastfeeding rates.” Klaus and Klaus (2010)