Motherhood is one of those universal cornerstones of societies big and small. Pregnancy can bring a variety of trans-formative and life-altering experiences that shape mothers from all different cultures and backgrounds. The rites of motherhood can vary in different places, but expectant mothers throughout the world all share a desire for help and communal support.
While the majority of women find comfort within their networks and known doctors, others choose to find support within those who study and become experts in this field. For these people, their search extends to alternative services. Some cultures have a name for these professionals. Depending on where you go, they are called midwives or nurses, and they are widely known as essential figures in the child birthing process. A lesser-known figure in this world is a doula, and they are growing in popularity and influence in the western world of motherhood.