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dou·la

(dū'lah),
A woman who assists at labor and birth and in postpartum care of mother and baby. Doulas are trained and certified according to various requirements of local jurisdictions. They are helpful in educating the new family and in helping build their confidence as new parents.
[G. doulē, female slave]

doula

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

doula

Per the original Greek usage, a doula is an experienced women who guides and assists a new mother in her infant care tasks; in the US, a doula is a woman who provides emotional support to first-time mothers during labour and delivery

dou·la

(dū'lă)
A woman who assists at labor and birth and in postpartum care of mother and baby. Doulas are trained and certified according to various requirements of local jurisdictions. They are helpful in educating the new family and in helping build their confidence as new parents.
Compare: midwife
[G. doulē, female slave]

doula

A person, such as a woman who has experienced normal childbirth who provides emotional, physical, and informational support to a woman during and after labour.
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I wanted a home birth, but I was worried about what would happen if I had to go to hospital or the baby needed to go to hospital, as my other children would need to be looked after, so I thought why don't I hire a doula.
One particular topic area included in this paper which has not previously been examined is that of doula care, as a form of complementary and alternative medicine provision unique to maternity care.
As Cymbalist points out, there are "as many descriptions of the doula as there are birthing women.
These stories began to link my calling to be a doula to the broader obligations of my faith--to affirm life and to work for justice.
Selina, who has been a registered doula since 2005, says that the aim of the doula is to reduce the level of intervention in the birth.
Many women who could really benefit from a doula in childbirth are from poorer backgrounds, and we wanted to help them.
A doula is a female companion who befriends the laboring mother, providing competent, uninterrupted physical and emotional care and support.
But when they do occur, the community-based doula programs offer a warm and nurturing environment for the young women and their babies.
I have practiced as a doula since 1991 and as a midwife since 1999.
The class can be taken with any supportive person who will be present throughout the birth, such as a friend or hired doula.
In steps the doula (an ancient term meaning "handmaiden" or "servant") whose service is anything but old-fashioned.