The doula offers emotional, physical, and informational support to laboring women and their families while ensuring that the mother’s wishes for labor are heard and met.  A laboring woman is at once at her most vulnerable and powerful, and her experience during childbirth can affect her self-worth as well as set the tone for her experience as a mother.  doula helps empower a woman to feel comforted, in control, and supported during her birth in order to have a positive experience.  Every woman should have access to this kind of support during one of the most sacred moments of her life.