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Friday, April 30, 2010

Definitions for doula

  1. A woman who assists during childbirth labor and provides support to the mother, her child and the family after childbirth.

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Citations for doula
Chris Morley launched Tender Care Doula Service in Valencia, California, seven years ago to provide nonmedical postpartum care workers (or doulas) to frazzled new moms. Roy Huffman, Entrepreneur Magazine
Unlike midwives, who deliver babies and are licensed to perform medical tasks, labor doulas provide emotional and physical support to the laboring parents. Stephen L. Richmond, Time
Origin of doula
Doula derives from Greek doula, "servant-woman, slave," akin to hierodule.