Celebrating Doulas - 20 Incredible Images

What is a doula? There isn't an easy definition because what a doula does varies just as much as the birthing people she or he works with. Doulas are there to hold our hands, to reassure us with their words. They can suggest new positions or alleviate pain through counter-pressure and hip squeezes. Doulas laugh with us, cry with us. Doulas encourage us to find our own voice and to use it. Here at Birth Becomes Her, we're thrilled to celebrate doulas. World Doula Week begins with World Doula Day on March 22nd and goes through March 28th annually. These images are just a few glimpses into the work doulas do for their clients. As birth photographers, we get to see you work long hours and we get to witness your passion and your professionalism. You inspire us, and we're honored to know you and capture you at your job. In honor of World Doula Week, we're giving all doulas and birth professionals a $25 coupon to use on our Birth Photography Toolkit. Our Birth Photography Toolkit is a comprehensive guide compiled by birth photographers Monet Nicole and Jennifer Mason based on their experiences at over 150 births. The ultimate toolkit for new birth photographers. You can use coupon code DOULALOVE until March 28th. 

This sweet doula was also in her 3rd trimester as she supported her friend during labor.  Photo by Jennifer Mason Photography

This sweet doula was also in her 3rd trimester as she supported her friend during labor.  Photo by Jennifer Mason Photography

Moment captured by Natalie Bee Photography. 

Moment captured by Natalie Bee Photography. 

Breastfeeding support, moment captured by Elliana Gilbert

Breastfeeding support, moment captured by Elliana Gilbert

Beautiful doula support captured by Jen Conway, Birth Photography and Doula Services

Beautiful doula support captured by Jen Conway, Birth Photography and Doula Services

Gorgeous image by Krista Evans Photography

Gorgeous image by Krista Evans Photography

Three doulas support mom during this labor.  Photo by KEDocumentary

Three doulas support mom during this labor.  Photo by KEDocumentary

Amy supports her client as she labors in the water. Image by Monet Nicole - Birthing Stories. 

Amy supports her client as she labors in the water. Image by Monet Nicole - Birthing Stories

I love seeing this doula support mom by doing her hair.  Photo by A Wondered Life Photography

I love seeing this doula support mom by doing her hair.  Photo by A Wondered Life Photography

Surrounded by Support. Image by Lulu Be Photography. 

Surrounded by Support. Image by Lulu Be Photography

I love the teamwork here: doula, midwife, and husband - all serving the laboring mom. Woman-centered birth! www.is-photography.net

I love the teamwork here: doula, midwife, and husband - all serving the laboring mom. Woman-centered birth!
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 Mama (who is also a doula) laboring in the bathroom with her doula Joy. Image by Rachel Utain-Evans. 

 Mama (who is also a doula) laboring in the bathroom with her doula Joy. Image by Rachel Utain-Evans

Hip squeezes and doulas can be game-changers! Image by Caitlin Angel Photography. 

Hip squeezes and doulas can be game-changers! Image by Caitlin Angel Photography

She stood by moms side for hours, as mom labored and waited for twin #2 to come out. Eventually she took moms hand and offered words of reassurance when it turned into a c-section. Image by Life Unscripted Photography.

She stood by moms side for hours, as mom labored and waited for twin #2 to come out. Eventually she took moms hand and offered words of reassurance when it turned into a c-section. Image by Life Unscripted Photography.

A gentle touch and an encouraging word. Image by Beloved Bits. 

A gentle touch and an encouraging word. Image by Beloved Bits

Her tear and her doula's gentle touch says everything. Image by Bonnie Hussey. 

Her tear and her doula's gentle touch says everything. Image by Bonnie Hussey. 

Holding back her hair, holding space. Image by Esther Edith. 

Holding back her hair, holding space. Image by Esther Edith

From the doula (Jess Edwards, https://honeybirddoula.com/) herself: "In true doula fashion; entertaining a wild sibling awake past her bedtime from the excitement of labor. As soon as we heard calm pushing from the next room we dropped our rooster act and went to witness her little brother's gentle arrival. And the wild child made not a peep (nor a cockadoodledoo) during the magical moment. Such an intuitive little gem!" Image by An Infinite Moment Photography. 

From the doula (Jess Edwards, https://honeybirddoula.com/) herself:
"In true doula fashion; entertaining a wild sibling awake past her bedtime from the excitement of labor. As soon as we heard calm pushing from the next room we dropped our rooster act and went to witness her little brother's gentle arrival. And the wild child made not a peep (nor a cockadoodledoo) during the magical moment. Such an intuitive little gem!" Image by An Infinite Moment Photography

I love this image of Mama bouncing on ball while Doula uses rebozo. Image by Catherine Brown Photography. 

I love this image of Mama bouncing on ball while Doula uses rebozo. Image by Catherine Brown Photography.