[ 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.
Origin of doula
1975–80; < Mod Greek: “female servant”
Words nearby doula
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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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