What is a Doula?

For Parents

„The birth of your baby is an experience, which you will never forget. The role of the Doula consists in ensuring that the birth becomes as positive and fulfilling an experience to remember.” Penny Simkin 

You are expecting a child; congratulations on your pregnancy!

With a Doula birth companion you have a familiar, empathic and birth experienced specialist by your side. 

The work of a Doula ties together the stages of pregnancy, the birth and the family time. She ensures emotional security for the woman and her partner during this interesting and oftentimes also unsettling time. Thus she helps to strengthen the confidence of the woman or couple. Experiences have shown that this form of birth accompaniment has perceptible consequences on the birth. The birth experience of mother, father and child is thus positively influenced by the practice. 

A Doula does not replace neither midwife nor medic. She has no medical function and can thus focus her attention completely on the woman/ couple. The Doula is a woman, who can have given birth to her own children and/or who has acquired further in-depth knowledge on birth through her education. She knows and understands the emotional needs of the becoming parents.

By the way: The term “Doula” stems from old Greek and its meaning is “servant to the woman”.  It is articulated “Dula”.




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