Doulas Clara Sharp, left, and Sonja Watley visited expectant mother Claire Littleton.
Doulas Clara Sharp, left, and Sonja Watley visited expectant mother Claire Littleton.

Low-income women who receive support from doulas during their pregnancies are less likely to have premature births or costly surgical deliveries, a University of Minnesota researcher reported Thursday.

The findings suggest that expanded public coverage of certified doula care could pay for itself by reducing costly birth complications, said Katy Kozhimannil, the U associate professor who led the research. Click here to read more.

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