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Definition of the noun doula

What does doula mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: doulas

  1. an assistant who provides support for a woman in labor by encouraging her to use techniques learned in childbirth-preparation classes

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  1. A support person, usually female, with no medical or midwifery training, who provides emotional assistance to a mother or pregnant couple before, during or after childbirth.


Doula is a musical group.

  • album: "In the Garden"


Doula: A doula is a nonmedical person who assists a woman before, during, or after childbirth, as well as her spouse and/or family, by providing physical assistance, and emotional support. The provision of continuous support during labour is associated with improved maternal and fetal health and a variety of other benefits, including lower risk of induction and interventions and less need for pain relief. These benefits are particularly significant when continuous support is provided by someone who is not there as family/friend or as medical staff Additionally, a doula is sometimes hired to work with families beyond the postpartum stages, providing continued physical and emotional support, for as long as needed.

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Doula

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Google previewBaby & Me (2006)

The Essential Guide to Pregnancy and Newborn Care by Deborah D. Stewart

You may want to hire a doula. A doula is a woman trained and certified to help families during delivery.

Google previewPushed (2007)

The Painful Truth About Childbirth and Modern Maternity Care by Jennifer Block

The doula is a vestige of the female labor support that existed gratis for much of history. Midwives attended birth and were generally the only ones to examine the woman in labor, but other women from the community, as well as relatives from ...

Google previewChild of Mine (2000)

Feeding with Love and Good Sense by Ellyn Satter

the doula is the supplier of information, the giver of physical and emotional support, and the one who instills confidence. Since we no longer have these sophisticated support people ...

Google previewStork Talk (2015)

Delivering Strategies for Your Ideal Birth by Cheryl Sheriff

Being a doula is a privileged position; it is the position of witnessing the beginning of a life, being at the miracle of birth. It requires building relationships involving the deepest of trust. In taking on this role, doulas must be prepared to make ...

Google previewHypnoBirthing, Fourth Edition (2015)

The breakthrough natural approach to safer, easier, more comfortable birthing - The Mongan Method, 4th Edition by Marie Mongan

Certified Doula: A doula is a person who knows birthing 214 HypnoBirthing.

Google previewPerinatal Patient Education (2002)

A Practical Guide with Education Handouts for Patients by Margaret Comerford Freda

A doula is a person who believes that birth is a normal process and has been specially trained to provide support to you during labor. Doulas are not nurses or doctors. They are just regular people, but they have learned how to help you be ...

Google previewEssential Midwifery Practice (2013)

Intrapartum Care by Denis Walsh, Soo Downe

The doula is a person whose sole focus is the support of one woman in labour, a role which contrasts markedly with the multiplicity of obligations of the typical midwife employed in the UK National Health Service. Perhaps for this reason, the ...

Google previewThe Study Guide for Developing Person Through Childhood and Adolescence (2008)

by Kathleen Stassen Berger, Richard O. Straub

A doula is a woman who works alongside medical staff to assist a woman through labor and delivery. (118) 22. Anoxia is a temporary lack of oxygen during the birth process that, if prolonged, can cause brain damage or death to the baby. (p.

Google previewPregnancy For Dummies (2009)

by Joanne Stone, Keith Eddleman, Mary Duenwald

A doula is a woman with extensive experience with birth, who provides emotional and physical support throughout labor. The following are some doula referral organizations that you may find helpful: • Doulas ofNorth America (DONA); phone ...

Google previewThe Encyclopedia of Women's Health (2009)

by Christine Ammer

The term doula comes from a Greek word meaning handmaiden or servant. Doula training consists of a minimum of a three-day course that covers the anatomy and process of labor along with techniques for providing emotional and physical ...

Google previewThe Dictionary of Psychology (2016)

by Ray Corsini

doula From the Greek, a woman who helps other women. Usually doulas assist women giving birth, providing advice and encouragement. During the birthing process, a doctor or midwife ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Women in Today's World (2011)

by Mary Zeiss Stange, Carol K. Oyster, Jane E. Sloan

Traditionally, a doula was a woman who assisted in childbirth and aftercare. Doula, a term coined in 1976 by medical anthropologist Dana Raphael, originally referred to an experienced mother who assisted new mothers, particularly with ...

Google previewBailliere's Nurses Dictionary for Nurses and Health Care Workers, 1st South Asia Edition (2016)

by Annu Kaushik

doula from the Greek word meaning ...

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