As of September 11, 2003, Sue is a certified Doula through the
Doulas of North America (DONA). Doulas are for anyone, not just for single moms or those whose partners can't be present at the birth. They can attend births at home, hospitals or birthing centers. Doulas, also called birth coaches or labor support providers, give physical and emotional comfort to moms and their partners, staying throughout labor and delivery.
Unlike midwives and physicians, doulas don't deliver babies or provide medical care, but they share the philosophy that birth is a natural process and not a medical procedure. Sue decided to add this new profession to her already very full life, because she is also a Hospice volunteer and feels that becoming a Doula completes the circle of life. She is now there when someone begins their life as well as when someone dies. In between the two, Sue connects with children and adults as they live the dash between their dates of birth and death.