Most people in India would not be familiar with the term Doula even though they would have engaged with one during their pregnancy. Almost all pregnant women would have taken the help of another female during their pregnancy – either in the form of a caretaker or a help. In most homes, this is the girl’s mother or a very close relative. In a few cases, this is another female (usually referred by a relative or a friend) to assist the pregnant woman during the pregnancy phase. This female is referred to as “Doula” more popularly referred to in the western world as “birthing angels”.

Wikipedia defines Doula as “a birth companion or post-birth supporter and is a nonmedical person who assists a person before, during, or after childbirth, as well as her spouse and family, by providing physical assistance and emotional support.

As it is the case with every special concept in the world, there is a day dedicated for these special women as well. World Doula Day falls on March 22nd and the entire week from March 22nd to Mar 28th is celebrated as World Doula Week every year.

To commemorate this, Birth Becomes Her, a posted a series of birth pictures glorifying Doulas across the world. These are from some of the best photographers from around the world.

1. Santa Cruz Birth Photography

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2. Jennifer Mason Photography

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3. A Wondered Life Photography

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4. Life Unscripted Photography

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5. Elliana Gilbet

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6. Caitlin Angel Photography

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7. Lillian Craze Birth Photography

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8. Krista Evans Photography

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9. Rachel Utain-Evans Photography

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10. Esther Edith

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11. Bonnie Hussey Photography

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12. Lulu Be Photography

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13. Beloved Bits

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14. KE Documentary

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15. Natalie Bee Photography

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16. Isabell Steinert Photography

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17. Monet Nicole — Birthing Stories

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18. Kayla Gonzales/An Infinite Moment Photography

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19. Catherine Brown Photography

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20. Jen Conway Photography

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Source link:  Birth Becomes Her