An Association since 2006, the name represents a team of 190 committed French members and nearly 60 active doulas, some of whom have been working in the field since 2002. Although French law provides for men to work as doulas, this has not been requested to date.
Their overall experience has focussed primarily on pregnancy rather than birth, given that many French maternity hospitals will allow only one person to participate and assist the mother during birth. Despite this, a significant number of doulas in France today have been invited and present during births, so there is plenty of experience upon which to draw.
Currently French doulas meet annually with doulas from around Europe during the ‘Journées des doulas de France’ in Paris.
Looking ahead, the Association Doulas de France will continue to work towards greater recognition of the doulas’ invaluable assistance within a French context.