To: Bob Richards, CEO, William Osler Health Center Problem: After fifteen years of successfully operating without problems, the volunteer doula program at William Osler has been cancelled. Our position: We believe it is an erroneous decision to cancel this program, thereby denying birthing women access to doulas who have so kindly volunteered their services. As a group of women, doulas, childbirth professionals and concerned citizens, we believe everyone deserves a doula! Why -Because nearly one in five babies in Canada are born by Cesarean section and the World Health Organization states that "a cesarean section rate of over 15% indicates 'inappropriate usage.'" Because research has shown that doulas can reduce cesarean sections by up to 50%. -Because further research has shown doulas reduce the incidence of forceps, oxytocin, epidurals and other pain medications, which we believe results in better outcomes for mothers and babies. -Because women using doulas resport better results in breastfeeding, and WHO recommends exclusive breastfeeding for six months due to the fact that it scientifically proven as superior to artificial milk products. -Because use of a doula results in reduced risk of postpartum depression, and with one in ten women affected, we must work to reduce that risk. -Because we believe that William Osler Health Center was a better place to birth babies when they had the volunteer doula program! Respectfully, All those concerned with the health and happiness of women and babies.