Women/couples choose a doula companion when…
- the partner is not present at the birth, or it is the woman’s wish.
- the partner wishes more support.
- the first child is expected and the woman has many questions and/or insecurities.
- after a traumatic birth experience.
- the woman suffered through a difficult sexual history, i.e. if she has been sexually assaulted.
- following a birth, which included post natal depression.
- the woman did not feel enough cared for during a previous birth.
- the woman is already alone previous to the birth.
- she origins from a different country/culture and feels the need to have a trusted intermediary present at the birth to overcome (also language) barriers.
- they just recently moved to Switzerland and the doula becomes a constant contact person for questions about giving birth in Switzerland.
- the woman wants to experience the birth in the circle of women, but feels her mother, friends and sister are too close to her.
- a planned C-section lays ahead, and the woman does not want to remain alone when the partner leaves with the midwife for bonding with the baby.
- a child with special needs or an illness is expected.
- a newborn has only the prospect of living for a few hours, or a short time after the birth.
The reasons for choosing a companion vary and can possibly not be listed above.
“My wife and I had already take the decision at the beginning of the pregnancy that I will not be present during the birth (…) For me it was very important to know that my wife would have by her side a sensitive companion, who would give her support and security during the birthing process. The concept of a doula companion for the birth convinced me straight away.”