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Is the word Doula an acronym (D.O.U.L.A.)? If so, what does it stand for? If it is not an acronym, is it a foreign word that means "support" or "with woman", something like that? This may seem like a really silly question. I appreciate your help. The word is not in any of my dictionaries or in the encyclopedia.
-- Lisa McGill (firstname.lastname@example.org), July 28, 1999
Hi Lisa, The word doula comes from the greek language. It literally means hand maiden or servant, I like the defination, Mother of the Mother. As a doula that is exactly what we do, Mother the Mother. Hope this helps
-- Susan Tapley (email@example.com), August 09, 1999.
The word Doula has several different wordings for its meaning the one i like most is:
"Woman in service to Women"
-- (TrudyMontg@aol.com), February 16, 2000.