doula


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Synonyms for doula

an assistant (often the father of the soon-to-be-born child) who provides support for a woman in labor by encouraging her to use techniques learned in childbirth-preparation classes

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Delirium doulas an innovative approach to enhance care for critically ill older adults.
A doula is a woman experienced in childbirth who provides continuous physical, emotional and informational support to the mother before, during and just after birth.
Out of a firm belief that no patients at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas should have to struggle with this experience or die alone, Baylor's Supportive and Palliative Care Service developed and implemented the Doula to Accompany and Comfort Program.
It was at this point that I chose to create a business around one my great interests, pregnancy and birth, and as a result trained to be a birth partner or Doula.
For the birth of our next child (and the next, and the next), we switched hospitals and got a doula.
Your husband is very emotionally involved in the process, but the doula is at a remove from the situation.
We are the first and only Doula Social Enterprise Company in the UK.
Today, this word is used to describe a trained lay birth attendant who advocates for and provides uninterrupted--prebirth to post-birth--nonmedical support; hands-on care; information; and encouragement to laboring women, Doula support for incarcerated women giving birth is an exemplary practice supported by a large and unequivocal body of scientific evidence.
While I may choose to be her doula pro bono I want it to be my choice, not a result of her failure to pay.
Begun as a pilot program in 1996, the Chicago Doula Project trains women to assist other underserved, primarily African-American and Hispanic women before, during, and after childbirth.
The class can be taken with any supportive person who will be present throughout the birth, such as a friend or hired doula.
Vicky Aykroyd, 34, gave up her job as a lawyer to become a doula following a traumatic experience with her first baby, Amelia, in September 2001.
Many who do not feel comfortable with accepting the responsibility for home birth are hiring a doula to be with them.