Folk use the phrase “It’s not life and death,” all the time. Mostly they’re correct, but regarding doulas, they would be incorrect.
Arguably, the beginning of life, and the end of life are the most important events in human experience. Culturally and historically, birth and death have been sacred events. Informed leaders guide the dying or pregnant individual, assist and shepherd family members through complex emotions, and most importantly they provide comfort and insight for the person who is the focus of the life or death event. That’s not really how we approach these experiences anymore—at least, not in North American dominant culture.
Read the full article here: https://www.whichdoctor.com/blog/it-is-a-matter-of-life-and-death-getting-support-from-doulas