- 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.
Origin of doula
1975–80; < Mod Greek: “female servant”
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Examples from the Web for doula
This got the other doula riled up, and a discussion of Lake commenced.Way Too Cute
May 6, 2010
- a woman who is trained to provide support to women and their families during pregnancy, childbirth, and the period of time following the birth
C20: from Greek doule female slave
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Word Origin and History for doula
by 1980, from Greek doulos (fem. doule) "slave."
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