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.

Origin of doula

1975–80; < Mod Greek: “female servant” Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for doula

Contemporary Examples of doula

  • This got the other doula riled up, and a discussion of Lake commenced.

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    May 6, 2010

British Dictionary definitions for doula


  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

Word Origin for doula

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

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper