Penny Simkin is basically the godmother of all doulas. She’s a physical therapist, childbirth educator, and doula who is one of the founders of DONA International (the organization I am certified through). I watched the below video the other day, made by Penny, and was struck by her message about the importance of birth memories. In short: women remember their births forever–they remember not only the positive, but also the negative, how they were treated, what was said, what was NOT said. Having a supported birth can make all the difference, not only in the actual moment, but years to come when you look back on your birth. Birth matters!!! It really does.

Take it from Penny herself: