Doula Services

person touching person's belly

What is a doula?

A doula is someone who provides emotional and physical support to those giving birth and their partners.

While midwives and nurses will most likely be strangers to you and may change shifts during your labor, a doula is your chosen support person who is there for you from start to finish. A doula can also help you prepare for the birth and talk it over afterwards.

A doula can help you feel calm and in control in what can otherwise be a stressful situation. In fact, studies show that the rate of interventions needed (induction, cesarean, vacuum, etc) is lower for those who have the support of a doula. 

mother and newborn in delivery room

What does a doula do?

As your doula, my goal is to give you all the information, tools, and resources you need to feel well prepared and supported for your birth experience. This looks different for everyone, but some of the things I can offer are:

  • Meet with you (virtually or in person) twice during your pregnancy to discuss your hopes and expectations for labor
  • Make a Birth Plan together
  • Teach you relaxation techniques and different positions you can use during labor
  • Be on-call 24/7 from two weeks before your due date until your baby arrives, to be at your side during labor to offer physical and emotional support
  • Help bridge the language gap if needed (I am a native Swiss German and English speaker)
  • Meet with you once after your baby is born to talk about how the birth went and bring any resources you may need
loving mother cuddling newborn

What does a postpartum doula do?

For additional support after the birth of your baby, I also offer postpartum doula packages.

In Switzerland we are fortunate enough to have 10 midwife visits covered by basic insurance (16 if it’s your first baby or you’ve had a preemie or a cesarean). The midwife can weigh your baby, check on your recovery, help with breastfeeding questions, and answer your questions about your baby’s health and development. As a postpartum doula I can:

  • Do dishes, tidy up, or fold laundry
  • Hold your baby while you shower or nap
  • Go for a walk with you and baby
  • Help you get ready to leave the house for an appointment
  • Bring you healthy snacks
  • Pick up groceries for you
  • Provide a listening ear and someone to help you process the ups and downs of motherhood

Why might I be a good fit as your doula?

If you would like to consider having a doula at your birth, please get in touch. We’ll arrange for a time that we can meet, free of charge, to get to know each other and see whether we’re a good fit.

Labor is a very special, intimate time and you should be surrounded by people you trust and who make you feel relaxed and safe.

If we find that I’m not a good fit for you I will gladly direct you to other local doulas.

Some of the things I bring to the table:

  • I have a calm, reassuring and non-judgmental presence that I bring to the room. It is your birth and I will do my best to support you and your partner in achieving the kind of birth experience you want.
  • I have a background in psychology, including infant preschool mental health which covers bonding, attachment, postpartum mood disorders and child development.
  • I have training in using a Rebozo and can show you and your partner how to use it during our prenatal visits as well as during labor to help you feel more comfortable and relieve tension.
  • I speak Swiss German fluently which can be helpful in bridging the communication gap at local hospitals during labor.

Pricing

Doula Services

CHF 1’200.- CHF 900.- [limited time]

  • Two prenatal visits, either in person or virtual
  • Available via text/email/phone throughout your pregnancy
  • On-call 24/7 from two weeks before your due date until your baby arrives, to be at your side during labor and delivery
  • One postpartum visit to reflect on the birth and provide further resources as desired

Postpartum Doula Package A

CHF 420.- CHF 320.- [limited time]

Three 2-hour visits postpartum to support you by:

  • Doing dishes, tidying up, or folding laundry
  • Holding your baby while you shower or nap
  • Going for a walk with you and baby
  • Helping you get ready to leave the house for an appointment
  • Bringing you healthy snacks
  • Picking up groceries for you

Postpartum Doula Package B

CHF 650.- CHF 550.- [limited time]

Five 2-hour visits postpartum to support you by:

  • Doing dishes, tidying up, or folding laundry
  • Holding your baby while you shower or nap
  • Going for a walk with you and baby
  • Helping you get ready to leave the house for an appointment
  • Bringing you healthy snacks
  • Picking up groceries for you

Bundles

Doula Services + Postpartum Doula Package A

CHF 1’500.- CHF 1’100.- [limited time]

Doula Services + Postpartum Doula Package B

CHF 1’700.- CHF 1’300.- [limited time]

If you have a skill or product that you would like to barter for part of the fee, please let me know.

Frequently Asked Questions

Location

At this time I am accepting Doula clients within Canton Zürich and Postpartum clients within a 30 minute radius of Zürich City. If you aren’t sure whether your area is covered, please get in touch.

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