“The memory of pain always recedes. The memory of triumph does not.” — Ani Difranco
The word “doula” is derived from the ancient Greek language to mean “a woman who serves” and is now used to refer to a trained and experienced professional who provides continuous physical, emotional and informational support to the mother before, during and just after birth; or who provides emotional and practical support during the postpartum period.
Studies have shown that when doulas attend birth, labors are shorter with fewer complications, babies are healthier and they breastfeed more easily.
— DONA International