from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A woman who assists another woman during labor and provides support to her, the infant, and the family after childbirth.
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- n. A support person, usually female, who may not have medical or midwifery training, who provides emotional assistance to a mother or pregnant couple before, during or after childbirth.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. an assistant (often the father of the soon-to-be-born child) who provides support for a woman in labor by encouraging her to use techniques learned in childbirth-preparation classes
Modern Greek doula, from Greek dialectal doulā, servant-woman, slave.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Origin from Greek δούλα (doula, "servant-woman"), from Ancient Greek δούλη (doulē, "female slave"). (Wiktionary)