What is a Doula?
A Doula is a non-medical birth and post-partum companion to a pregnant woman and her partner. Pregnancy and birth are a transitional phase in a woman's life and the role of the Doula is to provide the information, emotional support and physical comfort to allow every Woman to become a Mother in her own terms.
A Doula usually accompanies the expecting couples:
during pregnancy: by answering any questions or concerns they may have about pregnancy or birth. Yes, your Doula will pick up when you call at 2 am and will never judge if the question is "silly".
during labor & birth: by providing emotional support and physical comfort measures to both Mother and Father. Yes, a Doula will stand by your side during the whole birth. At home, the hospital or in a birthing center; whether you give birth naturally or with an epidural or a c-section, the Doula WILL be there to hold your hand, comfort you and allow you to concentrate on the most important day of your life.
after birth: by providing Post Partum care to the new Mom, childcare education and parenting tips.
Why French Doulas?
French Doulas was created by French Mothers and French Healthcare Professionals who know firsthand that being pregnant and giving birth overseas (usually far from the important women in your life: mother, sisters, grand-mothers...) can be overwhelming. For the French expats, a French Doula is not only a great Doula; it is also a little piece of home.
But a French Doula is also an amazing asset to any expecting American woman who wants to take advantage of years of experience in French healthcare methods, French lifestyle habbits and traditional French parenting.