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dou·la

 (do͞o′lə)
n.
A woman who assists another woman during labor and provides support to her, the infant, and the family after childbirth.

[Modern Greek doula, from Greek dialectal doulā, servant-woman, slave.]

doula

(ˈduːlə)
n
(Gynaecology & Obstetrics) 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]

dou•la

(ˈdu lə)
n., pl. -las.
a woman who assists women during labor and after childbirth.
[1975–80; < Mod Greek, female servant]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.doula - an assistant (often the father of the soon-to-be-born child) who provides support for a woman in labor by encouraging her to use techniques learned in childbirth-preparation classesdoula - an assistant (often the father of the soon-to-be-born child) who provides support for a woman in labor by encouraging her to use techniques learned in childbirth-preparation classes
assistant, helper, help, supporter - a person who contributes to the fulfillment of a need or furtherance of an effort or purpose; "my invaluable assistant"; "they hired additional help to finish the work"
Translations

doula

n doula mf, persona sin titulación que asiste a las embarazadas
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All those registered with the Scottish association and also the nationwide one, Doula UK, must have completed a recognised training course, taught by experienced doulas.
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