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Posted by ESC on July 01, 2003

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DOULA -- "A doula supports women and their families in achieving the birth that they desire. Doula's work in homes, hospitals and birth centers. A doula gives, emotional, physical, and informational support. Your careprovider, be they a midwife, OB/gyn or family practitioner will take care of your prenatal care and birth. Your doula will ensure that someone is always available to look after you emotionally and help you to attain the birth you desire." http://www.doula.com/ Accessed July 1, 2003.

" 'Doula,' comes from the Greek word for the most important female slave or servant in an ancient Greek household, the woman who probably helped the lady of the house through her childbearing. The word has come to refer to 'a woman experienced in childbirth who provides continuous physical, emotional, and informational support to the mother before, during and just after childbirth.'" (Klaus, Kennell and Klaus, Mothering the Mother) http://www.childbirth.org/articles/whatis.html Accessed July 1, 2003.