Whom for

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.”

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