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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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If doulas were to practice as birth coaches that utilize coaching skills, we would have witnessed an increase in natural birth rates.
Just after I completed the training, three friends from high school contacted me and asked me to be their doula.
In America doulas are trained and accredited by a central organisation called Doulas of North America (DONA) which has more than 5,500 birth and postpartum doula members-www.
Kansas City: Doulas of Kansas City, Mona Snoderly, (913) 281-4808.
It is not primarily a guide for prospective doulas -- though it does give a sense of the unique challenges and rewards of the role, one still largely filled by hospice volunteers; it's more of a companion for the dying and their families, and will also interest psychologists and anthropologists studying how we narrate the past and visualize the future.
I noticed a lot of mums talk a lot about their births and how disappointed they were by what happened," says doula Lorna Phillip, 49 and a former nursery nurse from Handsworth Wood.
Being a doula is one way I own my feminist identity and act upon the sense of responsibility I feel towards addressing reproductive health.
The author, Julie Brill, is an experienced doula and offers her inspiration for the book: “As doulas we have the opportunity to be there at the beginning, to literally fix it before it's broken, one mother, one baby, one family at a time.
Right when I was pushing Adina out, my doula reminded me, 'It's a good time to pray,' " Shapiro told me in a recent email interview.
GARDNER -- The LaChance Maternity Center at Heywood Hospital is seeking volunteers for the Doula Training Program.
Usually, a pregnant mum and her doula will meet up a few times before the birth to get to know one another and to talk through what the mother would and would not like to happen during her labour and birth.