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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.]
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(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]
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(ˈdu lə)
n., pl. -las.
a woman who assists women during labor and after childbirth.
[1975–80; < Mod Greek, female servant]
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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"
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n doula mf, persona sin titulación que asiste a las embarazadas
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I recently attended a course to become a trained birth doula, someone who offers support for women and families during pregnancy, labor, and the postpartum period.
Many belong to Doula UK, a not-for-profit organisation of 700 birth and postnatal doulas.
Los Angeles, CA, June 06, 2019 --( Reiki teacher and "womb doula," Cindy Bonaparte will facilitate a free Reiki Level I certification class for lower-income "women of color" on Sunday, June 9 at Women's True Healing (WTH), a center for holistic therapies for female reproductive wellness in Redondo Beach, Calif.
Headmaster Siraj Ud Doula, targeted in the complaint, is among those charged.Police say he ordered her murder from prison when she refused to withdraw her accusations against him.
Phil Murphy's proposed 2020 budget to provide doula care service to expectant mothers on Medicaid.
It's been rumored that Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are planning on hiring a doula to help them through the final stages of pregnancy and the birth of their first child.
Based on parent leader input, SPAN developed a small Community Doula project and, after two years of implementation, has been awarded a grant from the NJ Department of Health to expand the Community Doula program.
(TAP) -- "The draft law on maternal and paternal leaves will be soon submitted to the Cabinet meeting," Judge Samia Doula officer at the Woman, Family and Childhood Ministry said.
The essence of a doula's role is meeting pregnant people, an extremely vulnerable "Other," where they are, and offering them whatever love and compassion they need.