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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]
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doula

(do͞o′lə)
n.
A woman who assists another woman during labor and provides support to her, the infant, and the family after childbirth.
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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
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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]
Medical Dictionary for the Health Professions and Nursing © Farlex 2012

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.
Collins Dictionary of Medicine © Robert M. Youngson 2004, 2005
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Perceptions of Social Support from Pregnant and Parenting Teens Using Community-Based Doulas. J Perinat Educ 2005; 14(3):15-22.
Warrant officer Kleanthis Kleanthous who was later killed by the explosion joined him, and Doulas recorded Kleanthous' conversations with two other subsequent victims, the commander of the navy, captain Andreas Ioannides and base commander Lambros Lambrou.
To expand upon previous reviews, doula care was included as a specific CAM used by pregnant women.
At present, doulas must be privately hired, a luxury for the very women who probably could most benefit from friendly accompaniment during their pregnancy.
Michele, a certified doula, arrived with a black bag on wheels trailing behind her.
"Doulas can have a calming effect during the birth, and because they've been through it before can tell mums and relatives what to expect." Louise, of Talisker Gardens, Redcar, gave birth to daughter Evie nearly two years ago, but says the experience was stressful due to unforeseen complications.
"But I think midwives are gradually realising that doulas can provide a different type of care and are not trying to take over.
The use of doulas has a very strong evidence base among women in the general population as well as high-risk women.
"We are delighted to be able to assist in the training of doulas, by offering a small part of the much-respected NCT training programme to them.
New doulas who work for free often work with women who have limited support.