a woman trained to give nonmedical assistance to a woman during labor, providing emotional and physical support throughout the process of childbirth
Origin of doula; from Modern Greek female servant
A woman who assists another woman during labor and provides support to her, the infant, and the family after childbirth.
Origin of doulaModern Greek doula, from Greek dialectal doulā, servant-woman, slave.
OriginSee also: dóula
Origin from Greek δούλα (doúla, “servant-woman”), from Ancient Greek δούλη (doulē, “female slave”).