[ doo-luh ]
/ ˈdu lə /


a woman who assists women during labor and after childbirth.
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.

Nearby words

  1. douglass, frederick,
  2. douglass, frederick w.,
  3. douk,
  4. doukhobor,
  5. doukhobors,
  6. doum palm,
  7. douma,
  8. doumergue,
  9. doumergue, gaston,
  10. doun

Origin of doula

1975–80; < Mod Greek: “female servant” Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for doula

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

    Way Too Cute|Nicole LaPorte|May 6, 2010|DAILY BEAST

British Dictionary definitions for doula


/ (ˈduːlə) /


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