To celebrate World Doula Week (22-28 March 2020), the village has teamed up with doula duo Sophie Fraschina and Julie Denil from A doula in Belgium to answer all the questions you might have about having a doula in Belgium.
Over the course of World Doula Week, we’re going to be covering a wide range of topics, including:
- What is a doula? (And what does a doula NOT do?)
- What kind of training do doulas typically have?
- What’s so great about doulas? (aka what does the research say?)
- When and how can a doula help me on my parenting journey?
- How do Belgian hospitals tend to welcome doulas?
- How do I find the right doula for me and how much is it likely to cost?
- Becoming a doula – could this be your dream job?
While some aspects of having a doula are the same all over the world, we’ll make sure to look at the role of a doula from a Belgian perspective.
And at the end, we’ll compile all the information into one handy overview, so you have everything in the same place.
One mum’s story
Ever wondered what difference a doula could really make to a pregnancy and birth experience? US mum of 5 (!!) Meredith shared with the village how the doulas who accompanied her and her husband with four of their children – over two continents and three countries – were “the welcomed anchor” in a time of immense change.
In Belgium, she found her anchors in Sophie and Julie from A doula in Belgium. Read her story here: https://www.thevillage.be/the-doula-difference-a-mums-story/
Looking for a doula?
Find out more about some of the English-speaking doulas serving the greater Brussels area, as well as information about Belgium’s French- and Dutch-speaking doula associations, here.