English Speaking Doula in Paris and Paris Region
This page is for English Speakers and Expats, living in Paris or Paris Region and looking for Pregnancy & Birth Support in their Native Language.
Welcome! My name is Amelie. I am a Doula (childbirth & postnatal support), Birth Educator and a Yoga & Prenatal Yoga Teacher. I offer compassionate, personalized & evidence-based support to all families, both in English and French!
I am South African, Australian and French and just love supporting couples and families in their native language. When it comes to birth, you want to be able to roooaaar like you want right?! I also have a very good international birth knowledge so can help you understand the differences between the healthcare systems, especially when your girlfriends back home are telling you one thing and health professionals in France another !
Luckily most women who come from England, the US, Canada, Australia, New-Zealand, … know what a doula is, so I won’t spend too much time explaining WHAT IS A DOULA but check my page here if you are not too sure !
I offer 3 types of doula support :
- Birth Support, where we meet regularly in pregnancy and I usually attend your birth.
- Postnatal Support, when you are back home with bub
- Perinatal Grief Support and Fertility Support when your path takes a different turn 🙁
I also offer Birth Education Classes, Prenatal Yoga Classes, BirthPool Rental, Blessingways and Closing the Bones Ceremonies and other Women Circles all over Paris & surroundings.
As a Doula, I offer compassionate support and evidence-based education to all families. I have experience in all type of settings (public and private hospital, birth centre, homebirth) and all types of birth (scheduled caesarean, VBAC, vaginal birth with epidural, minimal intervention, …)
AN INTEGRAL ROLE IN YOUR BIRTH TEAM
A Doula is a trained birth support companion. Unlike the partner, close friend or family member present at the birth, I have both experience and knowledge of the birthing process and the medical system.
At no point, does the presence of the Doula, make the birth partner’s support less valuable. When the partner is willing to take an active part in the labour process, I will enhance and support his/her role as the primary birth companion. Partners are often able to participate more fully with a Doula present as it complements their role and strengthens it. You can read more about this here in the dedicated paragraph.
Unlike hospital staff juggling with busy schedules and numerous patients, I will be present continuously throughout labour, offering one-on-one attention and support to the expectant parent. My intention is always to work alongside other care providers and medical teams for the best possible outcome.
THE CHALLENGE OF GIVING BIRTH WHEN YOU ARE AN EXPAT’
It is not easy for a woman or a couple to find themselves welcoming a baby when they live on the other side of the world !
- First, there is the French medical system that is so different from the American, Canadian, British, Irish, Australian systems.
- There is the fact you’re living so far away from your family and friends during pregnancy and after.
- During medical appointments or on the big day, you can have difficulties expressing your needs and wishes to the French hospital staff that don’t speak a word of English.
- Then when you get back home with a brand new bub, the absence of your ‘village’, of your community, your mom, sister or best friend can really be felt.
- To all that we can add all the other question marks and anxieties that come with this new adventure.
SO HOW CAN I ACTUALLY SUPPORT YOU?
- Talking face-to-face about your fears, asking the silly questions and preparing yourself emotionally to welcome your baby with a person that doesn’t only speak the same language but that also understands your cultural references, changes everything !
- We meet up regularly during your pregnancy and we really get to know each other so you don’t need so many words on the big day because I know you and have your back!
- I can come with you to medical appointments if you feel it is useful.
- We talk nutrition, birth preparation and I will share with you all my birth tools.
- We talk about your options and prepare a Birth Plan (or Birth Preferences Sheet) on a 1-pager, super visual and easy to read for the hospital team on the day.
- If you have a partner, we will all work together so you are prepared for this big arrival. Nothing will be the same again and that is great but as a couple you also need to prepare for that change.
- I will be present with you from beginning to end on the day you give birth for 3 hours or 24 !
- Yo can leave your front brain in your locker and let your primal brain take over during birth (that is what we want for an easier birth!). Express your needs in your native language and I can play the interpreter with the medical team.
- I will come for 2 visits in the postpartum time to support you in the first few weeks, debrief your birth (essential for a positive experience!) and talk about your emotions and recovery, breastfeeding, swaddling, sleep, comfort measures and care for bub.
- If you need more support in the postpartum time, that is totally possible. More info about the postpartum doula role here.
Give me a call, send a text or an email and we’ll discuss it all directly together ! I am looking forward to meeting you !