Doulas are trained to assist women with childbirth, she supplies comfort and emotional support to a women throughout the labor, birth process and postpartum. Research shows that women who use Doulas have a 50% decrease in cesarean births, 60% decrease in epidurals, 40% decrease in the use of pitocin, 30% decrease in the use of narcotics and forceps and a 25% decrease in the length of labor. Fathers and family members are often surprised at the amount of work involved assisting at the birth of a baby. Studies also show that fathers usually participates more actively during a labor in the presence of a doula. A responsible Doula supports and encourages the father rather than replaces him. Doula service are sometimes covered by insurance and if expense is a concern JMJ Life Center will help.