Connecting

This is one of the simplest and most essential elements of the European Doula Network.
Through a pandemic, through war, through all the challenges that face our societies right now, getting together socially is what makes us individually more capable and more resilient.

EDN 2024 France

« Stronger Together » 

October 4th - October 6th

The annual European Doula Network meeting will take place in France this year!

Doulas from all over Europe will meet in Lille to spend 3 days together, focusing on the EDN values: connecting, supporting and informing.


We will discuss various subjects that are close to our hearts:
"Being before acting"
Doulas’ practice in Europe
Can we make a living as a doula in Europe?
Other professionals in the perinatal field, etc. 


The event will be bilingual in French/English with simultaneous interpretation.


All seminar activities take place in a comfortable, modern and welcoming space, with accommodation on site.


We want to offer a fair price seminar, to make the event accessible to those travelling far and for future and young doulas and those with limited funds.

This event is brought to you by the EDN Lille organising team (composed of collaborating doulas from Doulas de France, AFMAN, Annuaire doula, Cybèle, Yoga doula, Radical doulas, etc

Pour toutes les informations aussi en français, cliquez ici :

Practical Information: When, Where, How to get there

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October 4th at 2pm - October 6th at 3pm 
(Friday-Sunday)

Venue: Arteparc Lille-Lesquin - Coloft 


Address: building 4, 9, Rue des Bouleaux 59810 Lesquin, Lille, France (google maps)


Transport:

  • 10 min from Lille airport (taxi approx €10)
  • 1 km from Metro 1 terminus and Lesquin train station
  • 15 minute drive (taxi approx €15) from Lille train stations
  • Access by road: A1 and A7. Free parking on-site
  • Shuttle bus from Cowool accommodation

The Venue and on-site Accommodation

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The hotel will be exclusively for EDN 2024: everything is in the same place and accessible to people with reduced mobility!

3 seminar rooms, 1 exhibitors' area, 1 catering area, access to the shared spaces of the hotel and modern hotel rooms. 

Rates:

There are 3 booking periods:

  • Early Bird until 31 March 2024
  • Normal: 1st April-30 June 2024
  • Late: 1st July - 31st August


The pack costs change for how many days you come, if you take accommodation and which accommodation you take (it is cheaper to share).

*There are 50 beds at the Early Bird rate. If this limit is reached before 31/3, the rate for packs with rooms will be at the ‘Normal’ rate.


Note: for those arriving earlier and/or leaving later:

  • You are responsible for booking the hotel rooms directly at 72€ per night, including breakfast. The booking code and contact details will be available when you register.


  • It is also possible to book hotels in the centre of Lille, we recommend the old Lille district or around the Grand Place to make the most of the city before or after the seminar.

Additional Information (Meals, babies, etc.)

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Snacks: (tea, coffee, infusions, dried fruit, etc) are included.

Lunches: Communal ‘potlucks’ on Saturday and Sunday will be brought by and shared between all participants (refrigerators and microwaves are available on site). There is a supermarket 1km from the venue.

Optional: dinner at the restaurant on site can be organised on Friday and Saturday nights (37€ / diner, drinks included), please reserve when you register.

If you have a baby (6/8 months max) at the time of the event, please don't hesitate to come with them. We encourage you to book a double room alone.

Contact Information and Cancellation

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This event is an exceptional opportunity to meet doulas from all over France and the world, to share our practices, our values, and to feel an incredible energy which will carry us long after! We are open to all profiles of doulas, perinatal specialists, future doulas in questioning, doulas in training, midwives who collaborate with doulas, etc.

Registration link will be available on Friday 16th February, with payment by Paypal.


Any questions, please ask the team directly: 

[email protected]


Cancellation policy:

  • until April 15th : 100% (minus 6€ bank charges),
  • from April 16th - June 15th : 50% (minus 6€ bank charges),
  • From June 16th - July 31st : 50% of the seminar only at the early bird rate: 90 or 60€ (minus 6€ bank charges).
  • From August 1st: no refund possible on our part. 


If the event is fully booked and there is a waiting list, we will put you in direct contact with someone from the list to arrange payment transfer between you.

EDN Conferences

EDN Annual Conferences

We’re a family of diverse, yet like-minded women, using our passion skills and knowledge to make a difference. We share many stories and experiences, attend workshops and talk about our challenges, dreams, projects and ideas.

"Virtual" Cuddles

Doula Hearts and Souls Online
The distances between us are immense, stretching to the edges of our continent and beyond. Funnily enough, we still find the magic spring of oxytocin even bubbles up in little squares on screens.

Open to all doulas, from everywhere and anywhere, we hold international online chats, featuring breakout rooms where small groups of doulas can chat with doulas from different countries and continents, find out about shared realities and discover the different challenges we doulas experience!

English is the main language of communication, but kindness, patience and understanding are in all our hearts!

Future Events

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  • 2025 Lithuania
  • 2026 Turkey
  • 2027 Portugal

Member's Events

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“A cuddle of doulas” 


There is often a very special magic which happens when doulas get together! Somebody has even suggested that the collective name for a group of doulas should be 'a cuddle of doulas', just as you would say 'a flock of doves', 'a pride of lions' or ‘a pod of dolphins'. The nature of being a doula is to become a harmonious part of the intimate world of other people, emotionally supporting them during periods of existential transition and life changes: most commonly at the beginning of life, but also during other key moments, including the end of life. The qualities of open-heartedness, empathy, warmth and sincerity are perhaps the most elemental that draw doulas together, along with a healthy curiosity to help understand more deeply what we have in common as well as how our situations may be different. 

Every autumn, doulas from one of our EDN member organisations invite doulas from everywhere to join together (in person, when possible!) at our annual conference, featuring festivities, meetings, workshops and seminars. This is always an inspiring opportunity to celebrate our rich diversity, while forging deep and lasting connections between doulas and doula organisations both within and between countries.  

When we meet in person, the desire to share our knowledge is complemented by being drawn into often profound shared moments of expression and creativity, through music, singing, dancing and collaborative art. Celebrating, sharing food and drink, sharing moments of laughter and tears, as well as the privilege of glimpsing insights into local cultural traditions and customs, all help create unforgettable bonds and friendships. 

As we are scattered across a whole continent, and recently faced by the requirements of physical distancing, we have improvised and invented ways to keep these remote connections alive. In our online events, doulas have brought candles and colourful textiles, shawls and blankets, ‘the wiggling fingers’ gesture to show appreciation and interludes with music, singing, dancing and even eating cake! As ever with doulas, the challenges we face are met with resourcefulness, resilience and creativity. 

At the very heart of the EDN is a smaller ‘cuddle’ of volunteers who believe so passionately in the the EDN that they contribute many hours throughout the year with the aim of building a warm fire around which doulas from all across the network are drawn to connect with each other, share their wisdom and support each other through the challenges they face. 

Doula member representatives and friends also actively contribute and participate online via the forum and circle and are the point of flow between the network and their local members in each organisation and country. Active engagement brings the fruit of greater connectedness to all, bringing vitality and energy into the heart of the network and keeping the flame burning bright.
 

In Winter, Spring, Summer and Autumn we invite contributions from our members (including in their own language) for our Newsletter and this is a wonderful place to start looking if you wish to know more about us, the doulas of the European Doula Network. 

We are also connected with other doula or birth community organisations, for example ICI: International Childbirth Initiative, Prenatal Allicance and ENCA.