Definition of doula in English:

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doula

Pronunciation: /ˈdo͞olə/

noun

A woman who is trained to assist another woman during childbirth and who may provide support to the family after the baby is born.
Example sentences
  • Other choices, such as labor support and doulas, nonpharmacologic pain-relief methods, and pharmacologic pain-relief methods other than intravenous narcotics or epidurals, should be available.
  • A recent large RCT demonstrated that providing continuous labor support with nurses instead of doulas had no effect on cesarean delivery rates or other birth outcomes.
  • The doula attends the birth which can take place in the hospital or at home with a midwife, making both parents feel relaxed and providing physical comfort and emotional support.

Origin

1960s: modern Greek, from Greek doulē 'female slave'.

For editors and proofreaders

Syllabification: dou·la

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