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Nicole is a Marine wife whose husband is in Iraq. Her baby is due before he gets back. As a Marine officer, Nicole is used to being self-reliant and in charge.

There are some things you shouldn't do all on your own, even if you're sure you can. So Nicole contacted Operation Special Delivery, an organization that supplies doula services to miltary families.

From a related site, Operation Doula Care: A birth doula is a woman that has been specifically trained to provide physical, emotional and informational support to a pregnant woman before, during and after the birth of her baby. A doula's role is non-medical.

The word "doula" comes from an old Greek word for a woman who gave the same care.