It sure feels good to read about doulas in the news these days. Being recognized for the important, satisfying, and appreciated job we do brings value and meaning to this work. There are many sayings out there but one of my favorites is, “If a doula were a drug, it would be unethical not to use it” – John H. Kennel MD. That’s right. Doulas really do make a difference in the birthing room. Many studies have shown women who have a doula with them in labor are more satisfied with their birthing experience. Fewer women have interventions or Cesarean births. Partners feel supported and less scared. It’s really a no-brainer. “Continuous presence of a supportive female companion during labor and delivery can significantly reduce the need for cesarean section, fewer obstetric interventions, shorter labors…” The Journal of the American Medical Association. So, to see how it looks to have a doula present during a woman’s labor, take a look at the photos below which were featured in this article by the Huffington Post: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/58-breathtaking-birth-photos-that-celebrate-doulas_us_56edcd2fe4b09bf44a9d7a5. Many took my breath away. They are beautiful and stunning and real. I feel so blessed I get to do this work.