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Doula

A doula is a woman who provides nonmedical care and support to new mothers in their homes for a fee. Typical duties include basic baby care, help with breast-feeding technique, and emotional support; some doulas may also help with household tasks, such as shopping, cooking, and laundry.

Doulas may also provide support before the baby is born and during delivery. Doulas usually are not licensed health professionals, although some may be nurses.

Last Revised: November 2, 2011

Author: Healthwise Staff

Medical Review: Sarah Marshall, MD - Family Medicine & Kirtly Jones, MD - Obstetrics and Gynecology

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