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dou•la  (do̅o̅lə),USA pronunciation n., pl.  -las. 
  • a woman who assists women during labor and after childbirth.
    • Mod Greek, female servant
    • 1975–80

    dou•la  (do̅o̅lə),USA pronunciation n., pl.  -las. 
  • a woman who assists women during labor and after childbirth.
    • Mod Greek: female servant
    • 1975–80


    Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

    doula /ˈduːlə/ n
    1. a woman who is trained to provide support to women and their families during pregnancy, childbirth, and the period of time following the birth
    Etymology: 20th Century: from Greek doule female slave



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