Sophie is in a field in Hay on Wye, camping at the Hay Literary Festival. She’s been listening to some inspiring talks, including one by linguistics professors at the University of Birmingham who have been investigating language around death before birth i.e. miscarriage, termination and stillbirth. She also listened to a woman who suffered from locked-in syndrome after a coma who eloquently described her experience of being cared for in hospital by medics, friends and family and what differentiated positive from negative care. What connected these talks? Language and humanity – such important aspects of the doula role.