Doula & Holistic Companion for the Childbearing Year
"When the focus is on respecting the woman and nature, a birth becomes an awe-inspiring, poetic and empowering moment for the whole family. ALL individuals are born. And so by extension, it is a seminal moment for all humanity."
I couldn't and wouldn't practice obstetrics today without Doulas. They give me the confidence of knowing the [birthing] mother is not frightened or alone, and is always in the capable hands of a professional [birth] assistant. The quality and continuity of care should not be regarded as a "fringe benefit," "an extra," but as an essential and irreplaceable part of the birthing experience.
-Harlan Ellis, M.D. quoted in Special Women by Polly Perez