What is a doula and why is it associated with pregnancy?

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    Hello ladies, I’ve read in many forums and webpages about pregnancy the word “doula” and I honestly don’t know what it is. I’m taken aback because I’m currently pregnant and I’ve learnt tones of pregnancy vocabulary, so at this point I should become a pregnancy teacher or something. Anyway, can anybody explain what is a doula, please? Thanks!!

    April 18, 2016 at 8:12 am
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    Sandra F.
    Fertility counselor

    Dear AlarmClock,

    A doula is a person who offers emotional and physical support to pregnant women and their partner during pregnancy and after childbirth. The term “doula” is a Greek word that literally means “caregiver or servant” and refers to women. It is pronounced /doo-la/.

    Doulas provide support for new mothers and families in their own homes. They’re usually experienced women who have previously undertaken a doula preparation course, and they are able to support all family types regardless of their ethnicity, religion, social background, etc. Same-sex couples, single parents, low-income families, etc. are included as well.

    However, doulas are not there during labor unless parental choice, or when the mother’s partner is unable to be there during labor and birth. It should be clear that they not take a clinical role.

    I hope I have been able to help,


    April 21, 2016 at 3:34 pm