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#choice2haveadoula

 It is important that as the expectant parents, you are supported to consider carefully, not only the place in which you choose to give birth, but also the people you choose to have around you at that time. While every mother’s circumstances and every baby’s birth are unique, the key is being aware of what feels right for you and your partner.

How to Hire a Birth Doula

The earlier in pregnancy that you consider you would like Birth Doula support during labor, the more you can set yourself up with supportive care providers and a birth setting that will respect your wishes. That being said, it is never too late to change your care providers or birth setting at any time.

Our "Hire a Doula in Luxembourg" guide includes step-by-step instructions on how to hire a Birth Doula, conduct interviews as well as how to approach the interactions with your care providers and birth setting to maximise your chances of getting your needs met.

 

The Birth Culture in Luxembourg is still a bit behind the rest of the world in this arena (so sorry to inform you of this) so it's up to EACH FAMILY, 1-by-1 to consistently and respectfully stand up for their rights which will empower not only themselves but also future families and generations to come! Read on to the Birth Setting section below where you will see the latest developments in terms of birth setting's attitudes to welcoming birth doulas in the birth space.

Lastly, we have set up a support group on Facebook so families can share with others that are going through/are experiencing the same journey in seeking Birth Doula Support. This group is also open to any person, Birth Advocate/Birth Worker passionate about a healthy Birth Culture and Free Choice in Birth.

Click the image below to download our free step-by-step guide "How to hire a Doula in Luxembourg":

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Click below to join the FB support group:

If you are passionate about Birth, please join our group below so we can link and share together for more respect & love around birth:

Further resources/tools:

  • Individual consumers/patients/families can contact the "Service national d'information et de médiation en santé" at info@mediateursante.lu and report the case for possible mediation. Note that this can be done during pregnancy to attempt to resolve the issue or retrospectively after birth to further the cause for future families. Your voice matters!

  • Please review the Birth Setting section below to determine where will be your best chance to enable continuous labour support of your choice.

Birth settings and Doulas

Your birth setting may greatly influence the level of ease/resistance in respecting your rights and wishes regarding the "circumstances of birth".  This is an evolving aspect that will improve with more families, one by one, insisting that they would like to enjoy the benefits of  Birth Doula Support at the most important time in their lives.

If your care provider or birth facility is not supportive, it is always possible and advisable to change. If they don't want better outcomes for you and your baby, maybe they are not the right fit for you.

Home Birth

At a home birth, you have full control over your birth environment and birth companions. Home birth can be a wonderful option for low-risk pregnancies. In Luxembourg, it is possible to find a midwife that will provide medical support for births other than the 1st baby. A wonderful addition to your birth companion team will them be a Doula as well.

Birth Center

A Birth Center has highly skilled midwives at its core and is a medical facility, specializing in childbirth, that is less restrictive and more homelike than a hospital. Birth centers offer a much more individually tailored approach to birth with the benefits of hospital birth and the freedom of a home-birth all wrapped into one. If you're a healthy woman at low risk for pregnancy and birth complications and you want a more natural, family-centered experience without routine medical interventions this is an option for you. A birth center will always respect the parents' rights and wishes regarding the circumstances of childbirth and therefore a Birth Doula will be welcomed. Unfortunately, there are no Birth Centers in Luxembourg and it is not yet clear whether national healthcare insurance will reimburse on a regular basis, births across the border in birth centers.

Here are some Birth Centers surrounding Luxembourg:

Geburtshaus Merzig (DE) 47 min from Luxembourg City (here is a Facebook group for this birth center), 

Geburtshaus Saarburg (DE) 44 min from Luxembourg City,

Arche de Noé - Maison de Naissance - Namur (BE) 1h30 from Luxembourg City,

Un Nid pour Naitre - Maison de Naissance - Nancy (FR) 1h30 from Luxembourg City.

Maternite Centre Hospitalier Emile Mayrisch CHEM, Esch-sur-Alzette

Every year around 1,200 babies are born in this maternity unit.

The Maternite Centre Hospitalier Emile Mayrisch CHEM located in Esch-sur-Alzette was the only remaining hospital in Luxembourg certified as “Hopital-Ami des bebes et Hopital-Ami des Meres”.  The Global Criteria on Mother-friendly care by the Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative of the World Health Organisation and Unicef, which includes mother-friendly labour and birthing practices and procedures. 

 

These procedures (EN: specifically outlined in the hospital policies p39 FR: listed as the 1st criteria under Unicef Luxembourg's "Hôpital ami des mères") encourage women to be supported by companions of their choice to provide continuous physical and/or emotional support during labour and birth, as desired:

"Pour être un Hôpital ami des mères, une maternité doit mettre en œuvre des pratiques respectueuses des besoins des mères pendant le travail et l’accouchement: #1 Encourager les mères à se faire aider, physiquement et émotionnellement, par des personnes de leur choix, de façon continue pendant le travail et l’accouchement, si elles le désirent"

 

Therefore, theoretically - birthing couples should be respected to bring along a birth companion of their choice, do refer to the criteria here: www.unicef.lu/luxembourg/bfhi/

However in current practice it seems birthing couples are informed that the birthing woman can not bring along a "doula" to the delivery room "due to a decision made by hospital management"... However there is also discussion of a draft document in place making it possible for families to bring a family member or "friend" in addition to their partner.

We have reached out to the hospital repeatedly since Jun 2017, in order to understand their perspective and provide information but have not been successful in receiving a response.

Maternité Centre Hospitalier Luxembourg

The hospital explains on their website that their goal is to best meet the expectations and personalized needs of each person.

Up until 2016, a few families already had the opportunity with a supportive care provider that respected their choice to have Doula support at their birth at the Maternité CHL.

 

However recently in 2017, current practice seems to be that birthing couples are informed that the birthing woman are only "allowed" to bring along one birth companion of their choice to the delivery room.

We have reached out to the hospital repeatedly since Jun 2017, in order to understand their perspective and provide information but have not been successful in receiving a response.

Hôpitaux Robert Schuman - Clinique Bohler Maternity Unit

"With nearly 2,700 deliveries per year, the Clinique Bohler is currently the maternity unit which records the most births in Luxembourg, with more than one third of the total deliveries in the country" as per the website of this birth facility.

 

We are not aware of any families that were able to have their wishes respected for Doula support in addition to their partner as already a birth companion.

 

In current practice it seems birthing couples are informed that the birthing woman can only bring along one birth companion to the delivery room and in 2018 we have also received some reports from families that were told they can even not freely choose the birth companion, that it has to be a family member. It is important to evaluate attitudes and comments received in your care carefully against evidence and in this case, even the local Patient's law (never hesitate to switch away from unsupportive care providers) which contradicts this statement -  Local "Patient's law" of 24 Jul 2014 art 7(1): "Le patient est en droit de se faire assister dans ses démarches et décisions de santé par une tierce personne, professionnel de santé ou non, qu'il choisit librement. La personne ainsi choisie par le patient pour le soutenir et l'aider est appelée 'accompagnateur du patient'."

We have reached out to the hospital repeatedly since Jun 2017, in order to understand their perspective and provide information but have not been successful in receiving a response.

Centre Hospitalier du Nord in Ettelbruck

We are not aware of any families that requested Doula support in addition to their partner as already a birth companion.

In 2019, it has come to our attention that families are being told 2-3 birth companions of choice is encouraged, which is wonderful news! The hospital staff seems open and respectful to a family's wish to bring a Birth Doula along.  Whereas with most other hospitals in Lux this is not the case, we hope other hospitals will follow suit soon.

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The Doula directory in Luxembourg

Below you will find a listing of all the Doulas in Luxembourg, available to support you.

Are you a certified/experienced Doula able  to support families? Let us know here!

Natascha is Luxembourgish mother of two girls and an angel. After being a food scientist, then a teacher with a passion for alternative education (and currently also training as a Waldorf-teacher), a world-traveller in a camper-van, she is ready to open a new chapter as a Doula.

Her first pregnancy was an introduction to both the magic and difficulties of pregnancy, birth, motherhood and to feminist criticism on the current birth culture and birth rights that still need to be claimed. As the passion remained strong, she certified as Birth Doula in 2017 through Red Tent Doulas UK.

As a Birth Doula she supports mothers in their choices and sets a calm loving space for them to be, and become. Every mother knows we are not meant to be lonesome fighters, especially not in this vulnerable life-cycle of expecting, birthing and parenting babies. With women and mothers that feel strong and empowered she believes we bring up healthier children and families and at last a healthier society. Natascha attended 1 hospital birth in 2019.

She offers Birth Doula Support, Post-partum care (lots of food and love for the mama), Rituals incl. Motherblessings & Closing Rituals (with Rebozo scarves), Women circles, Massages

 

She speaks LU, DE, FR and EN perfectly. Contact her at natascha.bisbis@hotmail.fr.

Sandy gave birth to 4 beautiful sons. Two of them born in hospital, and two of them at home.

 

She works as Birth Doula, Babywearing consultant, Hypnobirthing Coach and also offers massage therapy for women. 

 

She speaks speak EN, DE, FR, LU and a very little bit of Italian.

 

Since 2014, Sandy has accompanied around 8 births as Birth Doula in Luxembourg (4 in-hospital and 4 home births).

She can be reached at 621 722 069 and hypnobirth.day@gmail.com.

Stephanie speaks LU, DE and FR and is passionately compelled to guide women through their unique and so very individual journey of pregnancy-birth-newborn-motherhood.
She accompanied a handful of families as Birth Doula during labour including home births in Luxembourg and at the Birth Center in Merzig. Being a birth doula is a vocation for her and she finds it very fulfilling.

She is a counselor in maternity, parenthood and early childhood and her certifications include: Kindergarten teacher/educator at Steiner’s School, counselor and course instructor (birthing class and Doula, sleep counselor 1001 kinderNacht, Baby Led Weaning instructor, cloth diapers counselor, Baby Steps and FamilySteps instructor and babymassage by Bruno Walter instructor).

She is a mom of 2, gave birth in the Birth Center in Merzig in a birth pool at home in Luxembourg.

Contact her at www.hausumsand.lu

Lynn Wagener

Lynn has a Masters degree in Cultural & Medical Anthropology in which she worked with new mothers in the townships of Cape Town, South Africa, testing the effects of Antiretroviral Therapy on pregnant & breastfeeding mothers. Furthermore, she began a PhD in Public Health focusing on birth culture in a variety of demographics. A huge advocate of research, she also sought out a more practical and applicable approach to the birth world and so was introduced to doula work in 2018. Along with being a 300 hour certified yoga teacher, including carrying a prenatal yoga certification, a doula career seemed like the perfect fit.

Currently, she works in The NL and LU as a Labor & Delivery & Postpartum Doula attending births in all settings. She prides herself on providing non-judgmental, informed support for all families. Most of the births she's attended thus far, have been hospital births and she thoroughly enjoyed working as a team with the medical staff at each hospital. She also provides a great amount of Postpartum support in helping mothers find their rhythm with their newborns, aid with infant feeding, and offer an extra hand wherever & whenever they need. 

Born in Luxembourg, but raised in the United States, she speaks LU and EN fluently, but can carry a simple conversation in FR, DE & NL. Overall, she sees herself as a positive, outgoing and intuitive person who truly cares for each client and seek to empower them to be the strong, courageous, capable women that they are.

Contact her at hello@swaddleandpine.com and www.swaddleandpine.com

Erin is a Canadian certified Doula and Childbirth Educator. She has attended over 50 births as Doula in various different settings and is ready and able to provide independent Doula support to families in Luxembourg. She speaks English and has a good command of French.

Unfortunately, Erin is no longer in Luxembourg for the time being.

Contact her at erinbotrie.doula@gmail.com.

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Become a Birth Doula

There are various organisations that provide Birth Doula Training.

Listen to your heart.  Being invited to be someone's birth companion is very special and sacred.

Are you called to be a Birth Doula?

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