The following questions will help you as you begin your search for a doula.
For any doula
- What training have you had? Are you certified?
- Do you have one or more backup doulas for times when you are not available? May we meet her/them?
- What is your fee, what does it include and what are your refund policies?
When interviewing a birth doula
When interviewing a postpartum doula
Here are a few things to consider for yourself, BEFORE you begin meeting with professionals:
1. What is your primary reason for wanting a doula? Do you want help making the hospital setting comfortable and working with interventions with ease? Do you want someone skilled in helping you remain active with an epidural? Is help coping with pain without medications your biggest concern? Are you hiring a doula to promote labor progress or help you understand labor as it unfolds?
2. How do you feel with the doula? Is she easy to talk to? Does she make you feel affirmed and more confident? Did you feel judged or misunderstood in any way during your interview? It is very important that your doula be someone who uplifts you and honors you.
3. Does the doula provide ample time before your birth to discuss your birth plan or preferences, and is their philosophy of birth supportive of your preferred approach?
4. Are there any gaps in the doula’s availability? Are you comfortable with her back-up arrangements?
5. Does the doula provide the continued support you desire after the baby is born?
6. Is the doula comfortable with or willing to learn about any personal or cultural considerations important to you?
7. Do you have a past experience that you are processing as you prepare for birth? Is the doula sensitive, understanding or insightful as you share your experience?