The Dutch Association of Doula’s (Nederlandse Beroepsvereniging van Doulas -NBvD) was founded in 2007. We have 79 Members, 72 of them are working actively as Doulas. In addition to the Dutch nationals who are Doula’s, we have quite some Doulas from other nationalities who attend to the expats who requires doula services. Consequently many Doulas in The Netherlands work bilingually in Dutch and English.
The Netherlands are famous for their liberal Health Care System, which allows parents to choose between a homebirth and a hospital birth and provides by law postpartum care at home for mother and baby for up to 10 days. This care is comparable to the postpartum doula’s services, but is provided by a nurse specialized in birth and postpartum care. The fact that parents can make their own decisions about birth, like where to birth and with whom, makes it possible for the Doula to be actively present with the expecting parents, before, during and after birth.
The NBvD organizes one general meeting for all members once a year. The groups in the different regions meet two to six times per year. Sometimes local groups organize fairs or workshops together. Beside these local groups we have project groups who work in teams on publicity, research and quality improvement.