An Association since 2006, it is the leading organisation for doulas in France. It represents a team of 190 committed French members and over 60 active doulas, some of whom have been working in the field since 2002. Doulas de France doesn’t offer a training course, it federates doulas with different training backgrounds as long as the courses they completed validate the Core Curriculum necessary to join up and they respect and sign the code of ethics ‘Charte de Doulas de France’ . A two day information workshop on the scope of activities of a doula in France within the French legal framework is proposed several times a year.
Doulas in France offer continuity of support for pregnancy, birth and postnatal period. In some areas French maternity hospitals will allow only one person to participate and assist the mother during birth. However, a growing number of doulas in France today are welcome to be present during births alongside both parents in the labour wards.
Since 2002 Doulas de France organises in Paris an annual event the ‘Journées des doulas de France’ with international and French renowned speakers, varied conferences and workshops. This event is open to all : doulas, parents, health professionals, parenting support organisations etc. Also an opportunity for French and European doulas to meet up and share on their experiences and practices.
Looking ahead, the Association Doulas de France will continue to work towards greater recognition of the doulas’ invaluable assistance within a French context as well as towards respecting parents choices and rights in childbirth.