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The first doula course for women of the French part of Switzerland was run for 2005 . The “Formation Doula Suisse Romande” consists of 5 different modules covering everything from physiology and psychology of birth, comfort measures, breastfeeding and postpartum care, to legal aspects and politics of birth. Each module includes homework: required reading, reflective essays, interviews and evaluation work. In addition, students must attend 2 births and childbirth education class.
Since 2001 doula training has been continuously on offer in German-speaking Switzerland. The course is run by an independent entity in accordance with the Swiss Doula Association.
Training for German-speaking Swiss doulas is currently offered once a year for 16 students. The curriculum consists of 16 days attendance in addition to several independent homework tasks. These include internship in prenatal and postnatal classes; submission of written reports after participation in two births as a doula (including feedback from the parents); reading and writing about doula issues; online learning and local learning groups.
The Swiss Doula Association was founded in 2006. Since then it has grown consistently. Our Association has some unique challenges in that we have members working in four different languages: There are French, German, Italian and Romanish speaking doulas in Switzerland.
In March 2011 at our General Assembly we welcomed around 90 active doulas and some passive members. We enjoy a good relationship with most midwives and today it is only in a few more remote areas of Switzerland where the work of doulas remains unknown.
With our Board actively pursuing public relations, we have had several articles published in Swiss newspapers. In 2011 we produced a short video in Swiss-German about the doula work.