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doula

[doo-luh]
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noun
  1. a woman who assists women during labor and after childbirth.
  2. a professional who provides support and assistance to individuals or families, especially during a medical or emotional crisis (used in combination): death doulas who offer comfort and companionship to dying patients.
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Origin of doula

1975–80; < Mod Greek: “female servant”
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doula

noun
  1. a woman who is trained to provide support to women and their families during pregnancy, childbirth, and the period of time following the birth
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Word Origin

C20: from Greek doule female slave
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Word Origin and History for doula

n.

by 1980, from Greek doulos (fem. doule) "slave."

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