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doula

Pronunciation: du'lah

Definition: A woman who assists at labor and birth and in postpartum care of mother and baby. Doulas are trained and certified according to various requirements of local jurisdictions. They are helpful in educating the new family and in helping build their confidence as new parents.

[G. doule, female slave]

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