Puerperal support


Puerperal support

The puerperium is a sensitive time during which getting to know and bonding as a family is central.

Independently whether you had a home birth or an ambulant birth, or even just come home after a few days; we are gladly a complement to the midwife, and are there for you at your puerperium.

During the first period with the newborn often many questions and insecurities raise. Sometimes one is just exhausted and needs relief, or does not find themselves at ease with the everyday life. At times it is also the case that the mother more easily adapts to the mother role if she has been cared for herself. Following the saying “it takes a village to raise a child” the doulas support families where needed. Life with a baby completely changes the familiar life preceding it, thus there needs to be space and time to get used to the changes. We gladly also consult and support you to find the time and space to establish the breast-feeding bond to your child.

The puerperal support is highly varied and could contain e.g. *:

  • Discuss questions and concerns about the new family situation.
  • Reflection and processing the birth.
  • Help with the baby care.
  • Support at the beginning of the breast-feeding bond.
  • Relief in case of exhaustion e.g. in case of sleeping problems or crying phase.
  • Pampering with belly- or neck massages or further relaxation methods.
  • Uncomplicated help, where it is needed in the family daily routine, like preparing meals, food shopping, smaller domestic chores like vacuum, do the washing up, do the laundry or look after the siblings.

The support is very dependent on the various family situations and needs and can be very varied.

*The type of support can vary with each doula. Not all doulas practice puerperal care. Discuss your wishes with your doula ahead of time. For short-term requests, please contact our office. 

What is a doula?

While the midwife is responsible for all things medical, the doula serves to enhance the care of the family by providing physical, emotional and educational support before, during and after birth. She is a non-medical professional trained in working with families during the childbearing year. The benefits of this ancient role were rediscovered in the 1970s through a study done by Drs John Kennell and Marshall Klaus. We invite you to explore our website and learn how a doula can support you during this transformational journey.

Contact Info

Association Doula Ch, Route de Bertigny 9 - 1700 Fribourg
Phone: Sabine Lanfranchi 077 418 71 37