From experts in the natural birth scene
The Doula Guide to Birth
"…labor is not about dilation. Your body knows how to give birth whether or not you ever have a pelvic exam during labor. Birthing women need encouragement to trust their bodies, and to be the stars of their own labors…"
John H. Kennell, MD
"If a doula were a drug, it would be unethical not to use it."
Annie Kennedy & Penny Simkin
"Women's strongest feelings [in terms of their birthings], positive and negative, focus on the way they were treated by their caregivers."
"The knowledge of how to give birth without outside interventions lies deep within each woman. Successful childbirth depends on the acceptance of the process"
Laura Stavoe Harm
"We have a secret in our culture, and it's not that birth is painful. It's that women are strong."