During my last pregnancy, I followed along with an app that let me know how my baby was developing each week. It would suggest articles and occasionally there would be a poll. Once such poll was: "Will You Use a Doula?"
Of 117,000 votes, 6% said Yes and 9% said they were not sure.
85% said "NO"
There is only a small part of the population using this app, but when looking at research it matches the findings. About 6% of birthing mothers use a doula annually in the United States.
So why would someone want to use a doula? Births involving doulas have a 50% less chance of cesarean. Births involving doulas are 25% shorter. The need for pitocin is dropped by 40% and requests for an epidural by 60%. These are the scientific reasons to hire a doula, and just a few of the positive influences having one present during birth can have.
The question then becomes, why aren't more people utilizing this tool?