Doulas have long been known as women who help other women through the process of labor. They are present as a new life comes into the world, to provide comfort, and make sure that the birth goes according to the wishes of the new mother.

A group of people helping dying people and their families is also using the term doula, they are present at the end of life to provide comfort, counseling and care.

 

 

In their weekly conversation, WHYY's behavioral health reporter Maiken Scott and Dan Gottlieb discuss this practice.