Today, I came across a word I’ve never heard before – doula. Apparently, a doula is:
a woman who assists another woman during labor and provides support to her, the infant, and the family after childbirth.
According to Wikipedia, the word doula originally came from Greek, and refers to a woman who personally serves as slave to another man or woman. In recent times, the meaning has obviously changed considerably.
You learn something new every day (or I do, at least)!