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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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References in periodicals archive ?
As caracteristicas satisfatorias do trabalho das doulas foram expressas por parturientes, pelos membros da equipe multiprofissional e pelas proprias doulas.
Demetris Doulas was testifying at the trial of six men facing charges of causing death by want of precaution, and homicide by gross negligence.
This week is World Doula Week, where organisations are keen to promote the role of doulas, who offer emotional and practical support to women and their families, during pregnancy, childbirth and early parenthood.
Whilst some of the included papers are due to the increased scope of this review to include doulas as maternity-specific complementary therapists, 7 of the included articles were published between 2008 and 2010.
Doulas are not as well-known as midwives, nor have they been formal players in women's care for as long.
Figures obtained by the Sunday Mirror also reveal that last year 2,000 women paid up to pounds 500 for "doulas" - mother supporters - to be by their side for hospital births.
For practitioners and trainees in obstetrics and gynecology, family practice, midwifery, and nursing, and childbirth educators and doulas in North America and the UK, Simkin (allied birth vocations, Bastyr U.), a physical therapist who specializes in childbirth education, and Ancheta, a doula trainer, doula, and childbirth educator, outline simple, non-invasive options to prevent or treat difficult labor.
Studies have shown that when doulas attend a birth, mothers feel more emotionally bonded to their child, are more likely to breast feed, and are more satisfied with their birthing experience overall.
Doulas, women who help and advise with the non-medical aspects of birth and childcare, have been around in some cultures for many centuries.
Doulas are not nurses, midwives, physician assistants or doctors; Although they do receive training, doulas do not have clinical responsibilities nor do they replace the roles played by the father and other family members during labor and delivery.
DOULAS provide one-to-one female support during childbirth.