Definition of doula in English:

doula

noun

  • A woman who is trained to assist another woman during childbirth and who may provide support to the family after the baby is born.

    • ‘I am a certified Bradley instructor and a certified doula with Doulas of North America.’
    • ‘I did not take anything for the pain during my labors, but I was very fortunate to have a wonderful doula and husband who supported me throughout.’
    • ‘Your hospital or birth center might provide a doula, or you can hire one while you are pregnant.’
    • ‘Experienced doulas charge between $50 and $900 per birth, depending on experience, geographic area, demand, patient's needs, traveling time, and sliding scale.’
    • ‘A recent large RCT demonstrated that providing continuous labor support with nurses instead of doulas had no effect on cesarean delivery rates or other birth outcomes.’
    • ‘Recent studies show women supported by doulas have shorter labours and lower rates of caesarean section deliveries.’
    • ‘Its website provides interview questions to ask a prospective midwife or doctor, and tips on hiring a doula and choosing an appropriate birth setting.’
    • ‘Other choices, such as labor support and doulas, nonpharmacologic pain-relief methods, and pharmacologic pain-relief methods other than intravenous narcotics or epidurals, should be available.’
    • ‘The doula attends the birth which can take place in the hospital or at home with a midwife, making both parents feel relaxed and providing physical comfort and emotional support.’
    • ‘Because most births continue to take place in hospitals and because mothers and fathers need support and guidance, the hospital setting is where doulas provide labor support most of the time.’
    • ‘Organize your local midwives, doulas, childbirth educators, and any other advocates of natural childbirth in your community into a birth network.’
    • ‘Yes, there are support groups, doulas, and many other compensatory measures emerging.’
    • ‘Find experienced midwives and doulas and save the hospital births for those women who truly need them.’
    • ‘A birth doula can be booked to support you during labour and immediately afterwards, see Families South West Magazine June 2002 issue or our feature on doulas for more.’
    • ‘Stories are organized according to attending caregivers: physicians, midwives, and doulas, with the last chapter dedicated to unassisted births.’
    • ‘We also should be aware of alternative sources of support personnel, such as local doulas or training programs for medical students or midwives.’
    • ‘Hospitals now have birthing rooms with hot tubs and dim lights and accept the help of doulas to support the mother in having her ideal birth plan.’
    • ‘A doula stays with the mother during her labor and helps the mother and her partner to be comfortable.’
    • ‘A doula is a trained labor coach who provides support throughout labor and delivery.’
    • ‘Most doulas are knowledgeable about resources such as lactation consultants and support groups.’

Origin

1960s: modern Greek, from Greek doulē ‘female slave’.

Pronunciation

doula

/ˈdo͞olə/