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doula

[doo-luh] /ˈdu lə/
noun
1.
a woman who assists women during labor and after childbirth.
Origin
1975-80; < Mod Greek: female servant
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  • She had considered hiring a doula-a birthing coach-to stay with her through delivery.
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doula

/ˈduːlə/
noun
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
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Word Origin and History for doula
n.

by 1980, from Greek doulos (fem. doule) "slave."

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