Also daula. A word derived from Greek doulh, meaning “experienced woman,” specifically a woman who is capable of assisting normal childbirth. In obstetrics and medical anthropology, a doula is a laywoman who assists normal childbirth in a birthing center, or a traditional village midwife, who is sometimes a traditional healer. A doula often also advises on aspects of infant care, feeding, etc.
Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology.