Birth Helpers to Aid Pregnant Sept. 11 Survivors

In ancient Greece, doulas were women, often slaves, who helped at childbirth, and today the multiskilled doula is increasingly in demand. While midwives focus on delivery, doulas are coaches, listeners, hand-holders, teachers about motherhood.

Red Cross Volunteer Listened to Grief, Rage

Nearly overcome with her own anxiety and sadness, graphic artist Kathryn Carey pleaded to be permitted to help in the catastrophe. She found herself running a center for trauma victims, making sure they knew where to find the help they needed.

New York’s Female Leaders Express Sorrow, Hope

The city’s first woman firefighter still working to save lives, the African American Manhattan borough president, the state’s U.S. senator with worldwide name recognition are united in expressing not only sadness but determination to rebuild.