The women who helped me prepare for labor and delivery were incredible in their knowledge base. They gave me confidence for when I went into labor. When I finally went into labor, they were patient, caring, and helpful when I felt discouraged. They did not push me into doing anything I didn’t want to do, but offered helpful suggestions. When my son lost 12% of his birthweight, they helped me with nursing; checking that his latch was good, showing me how to help him by expressing the milk while he nursed. I would NEVER go through having another baby without a doula. They were absolutely incredible and made it a joyful experience.