What is a doula?
A doula is someone who provides emotional and physical support before, during, and after childbirth.
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.
What does a doula do?
Our doulas strive to provide you with 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 we 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
- Meet with you once after your baby is born to talk about how the birth went and bring any resources you may need
What does a postpartum doula do?
For additional support after the birth of your baby, we 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. Your postpartum doula 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
How do I find a good doula for me?
To better serve our clients, LilyBee is expanding in 2024 as a doula agency in partnership with a group of dedicated birth and postpartum doulas based in Zürich.
If you are considering having a doula at your birth, please get in touch using the inquiry form below, after which you may download our info packet and book a free introductory call.
After the introductory call, we’ll pair you with a doula who we think is a good match for you and who is available for your baby’s estimated birthday. You’ll get to have a call with that doula and you have the final say as to if you are happy with the match and wish to proceed.
If your doula cannot attend your birth for some reason, we have a network of backup doulas within our agency so that someone else can jump in.
Through the classes, workshops and other groups at LilyBee you have the chance to meet your doula as well as other doulas during your pregnancy.
We also host monthly Doula Calls through our LilyBee Family Membership (included in the doula packages) where you can chat with doulas, ask your questions, and get to know us. So if a backup is needed, chances are she’s not a stranger to you.
Birth Doula Packages
“Everything but the Birth” Package
Birth Doula Package
Deluxe Birth Doula Package
2 Prenatal visits, in person, during which we will address any of your concerns or questions and we will talk about your birth vision/birth preferences.
Access to my online Antenatal Class to watch at your own pace, including videos and handouts specific to Switzerland.
Access to Motherboard so you can create your own visual birth plan.
You and your partner can attend one of my Comfort Measures for Labor Classes to learn some tools and strategies to cope with pain during labor and take home goodies to help you during labor and birth.
9 month LilyBee Family membership with access to resources and community.
1 Postpartum visit to your home where I can answer questions and provide resources or information that may be helpful.
I will be on-call two weeks before your due date until your baby arrives. I will offer physical and emotional support during your labor and birth from the time that you call me until your baby is born.
In-person private 3 hour Antenatal Class
TENS rental if you wish to use it for your labor
Free access for you and your partner to any events marked with ⭐️ on the Events page from the time we sign the contract until your baby is 3 months old.
Postpartum Doula Package
Included in my postpartum doula fee are 10 hours during which I will support you in your transition as new/growing families. How you use these hours is up to you and could include:
frequently asked questions
Is a doula a replacement for a midwife?
No. A doula is not a medical professional. This means that your doula will not diagnose you or your baby, monitor your baby’s heart, assess its position, or perform vaginal exams.
Will a doula replace my partner?
No. If you have a partner who is available and willing to support you during your birth, that is amazing. The connection you have and the ‘insider knowledge’ he/she has of you will be invaluable during labor. Your doula will come alongside both you and your partner and support you both. They can get you snacks or go get a midwife so that your partner can stay by your side, or they can stay with you when your partner needs some fresh air or a coffee break.
If my labor takes a long time, will I be charged extra?
No. Your doula will stay with you throughout your labor, no matter how long it takes. There is a flat fee that does not get reduced in the case of a fast labor, nor does it increase for a long labor. This allows you to focus on your birth experience and not worry about how long it is taking.
If I go into labor earlier than 2 weeks before my due date, will you still come?
Yes! As of 2 weeks before your due date and until your baby is born, your doula will be on-call for you 24/7 in case labor starts. Before that time she cannot guarantee her availability, but please call her if you think you are going into labor, she would love to be at your birth if at all possible. If she is unavailable we may be able to send a backup doula in her place.
What locations do you serve?
We are currently serving clients in Canton Zürich, but our network is expanding so if you’re not sure, just ask.
What if I’m having a cesarean?
If you are having a planned cesarean and would like to chat about the benefits of having a doula in that scenario, please get in touch. Our doulas have accompanied women who have had a cesarean (planned and unplanned) and all of them were grateful to have the extra support. If you are having a planned cesarean, in lieu of being on-call before the birth your doula will come for a 3-hour postpartum visit (in addition to the regular postpartum visit) to help you around the house in any way she can.
I don’t know if I need a doula. I like the support and resources you offer during pregnancy, but I don’t think I want/need another person there for labor and delivery.
That’s ok. Our “Everything but the Birth” Package is just for you! Get the same prenatal support as our other doula clients, and then when the big day comes you and your partner can be on your own.
Ready to get started?
Please fill out the inquiry form below, after which you will directly be able to book your free introductory call.