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doula (ˈduːlə Pronunciation for doula



  1. a woman who is trained to provide support to women and their families during pregnancy, childbirth, and the period of time following the birth

Word Origin

C20: from Greek doule female slave

Example Sentences Including 'doula'

A registered nurse, she's not allowed in as a doula but can act as a lactation consultant at the Civic's breastfeeding clinic.
Ottawa Sun (2003)
Am resolved to search for a doula ; a sort of mother-companion-slave to comfort and support me.
Times, Sunday Times (2004)
Julie Keon said many hospital officials don't know what a doula is, thinking she is "just a buddy who comes in to wipe the brow of a woman.
Ottawa Sun (2003)


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