An association representing an entire community

Our mission

Quebec Association of doulas (QAD) aims to bring together and represent Quebec doulas from all walks of life. Our goal is to have all of the different types of accompaniment offered by our members (fertility, birth, postnatal, abortion, perinatal bereavement, and end of life) recognized by health professionals, government authorities and the public. We also wish to ensure that the practice of our members is ethical and of quality.

Our values

QAD is an association which aims to bring together Quebec doulas with the following objectives:

To promote the practice of accompaniment in all its spectrum (fertility, birth, postnatal, abortion, perinatal bereavement, end of life) and to make it known to health care providers and to the public;

To counter the isolation of doulas;

To have a common and official voice in the debate on the humanization of treatments in Quebec;

To adopt a code of ethics with moral value to ensure the respect of practices related to the values of doulas;

To promote the economic recognition of doulas, which stems from a concrete valorization of their role;

To offer doulas a common space for discussion and reflection on their practice and its social issues.

Our history

2009

During the H1N1 pandemic, hospitals restrict visitation. Only one person is allowed with the person giving birth, forcing a difficult choice between partner and doula. It is at this point that the need for an official voice to recognize the presence of doulas and to defend the rights of those giving birth is felt.

2010

First national doula meeting in June, organized by the Regroupement Naissance Renaissance (RNR). During this event, which gathered more than 100 doulas from all over Quebec. It was clear that the majority wanted to create an association. There was no question of creating a professional order or integrating the Ministry of Health’s network, but to keep the independence essential to the practice of the doula profession.

2011

Annie Noël de Tilly from Alternative Naissance and Milène Pigeon from RNR start the process of obtaining a grant from the Beati Foundation. Unfortunately, the grant is refused and the project remains on ice. However, the doulas continue to express their desire to regroup.

2012

Annie-Noël de Tilly and Johanne Paulauskas choose to continue to volunteer. They contact Lorraine Fontaine, Nicole Pino and Milène Pigeon of the RNR. In September 2012, Diane Bolduc-Boutin, Annie Bouchard and Nadia Deslauriers from La source en soi join the coordinating committee of the future Association québécoise des accompagnantes à la naissance (AQAN) (Quebec Association of doulas in English).

2013

Stéphanie St-Amant, who organized the 2010 national meeting, is hired in January as project manager for the creation of AQAN. Creation of different working committees, which allows to present a real and already committed association at the constitutive assembly.

2013

Constitutive assembly of AQAN in Montreal on June 7th 2013. A hundred doulas are present. Coming from all regions, from all backgrounds, they are experienced doulas or beginners, francophones or anglophones, from community or private settings. AQAN wants to be inclusive, it also opens its doors to anyone interested in its mission, not only to doulas.

2015

Launch of the AQAN-QAD website.

2016

Creation of the Training Committee which will focus on the curriculum required to become a member as well as continuing education. This committee will be headed by Diane Boutin for 2 years.

2018

Creation of the Merger Committee which will work for an eventual merger between AQAN and RQAN (Réseau québécois des accompagnantes à la naissance). Merger that will never take place since the members of RQAN vote no at their AGM.

2019

At the AGA, the Training Committee presents their Training Passport which includes the curriculum necessary to become a member as a birth doula. The passport is adopted by the members. The association is asked to participate in the discussion of the creation of a birthing wing at the Notre-Dame Hospital in Montreal. We participate with other perinatal organizations in a discussion on the community and functional issues of a new, more physiological maternity ward in Montreal. Launch of the private Facebook group Communauté AQAN Community.

2020

During the global pandemic COVID-19, AQAN is called upon to defend the presence of doulas in birthing facilities, and the rights of those who give birth, particularly with regard to the issue of wearing masks. Several tools to defend the rights of birthing parents, as well as those of doulas, were created and distributed. Many interviews are conducted by the Board team. AQAN participates in a crisis cell and in discussions with the MAMAN group and the RNR before the College of Physicians.

The first AQAN employee is hired and Alice Rivard becomes the coordinator and takes over several important files within the association.

2021

In a desire to be inclusive of gender and the diversity of doula practices, it is voted at an extraordinary general assembly that AQAN becomes AQD, l’Association québécoise des doulas, which remains the same in English. AQD aims to be inclusive of people from the LGBTQ+ community, racialized people, people of all classes, abilities, etc. It also includes doulas from all walks of life: fertility, birth, postpartum, abortion, perinatal bereavement and end of life.

With the new name comes a new logo and a new website. The Website Committee is working from January to May to present the new product at the AGA in May 2021.

Our team

Annick

Bourbonnais

President

Camille

Maheu

Vice president

Yasmine

Kahlaoui

Treasurer

Véronique

Dufort

Secretary

Jo-Anie

Gagnon

Administrator

Marie-Ève

Nadeau

Administrator

Siège vacant

Administrator

Alice

Rivard

Coordinator

Press kit

Ricochet

March 28 2021

Justice for Mireille Ndjomouo, victim of Quebec medical racism

Huffpost

December 6 2019

Giving birth with a doula, far from esotericism

Famille Point Québec

December 1st 2017

Inform, support and reassure: support at birth