This is a fifteenth century painting called The Birth of Mary by an unknown painter known only as “Master of the life of the Virgin” from Cologne. As you can see, St. Anne, Mary’s mother, is being attended by many doulas. Probably one of her women attendants is a midwife and the rest are doulas. You can’t tell from the picture which is the midwife. All of the women are assisting the new mother and her baby. It is a peaceful domestic scene of birth. The red bedspread and canopy show us how important this birth was.