Once you have decided that you’d like to work with a Doula here is a list for you on what to ask her:
How long have you been a Doula? How many births have you attended?
Where were you trained?
Do you have any other certifications, like massage or acupuncture?
What is your philosophy? Would you be ok if I had an epidural? Do you know hypnobirthing or other comfort measures?
Are you available around your due date? Who is your back-up in case someone else goes in labor at the same time?
Do you know my midwife/OB and my hospital/birthing center? What are the common procedures there?
Do you have former clients I could talk to?
What is your fee and what is included?
Once you have all these questions answered ask yourself: do I like her? Do I trust her? Does my partner like her?
These are perhaps the most important questions to ask yourself about the doula you are interviewing. This woman will be by your side through an intense journey. She will see you at your most vulnerable, and in order to help you, you must trust her! No matter the reason, there are some people we just don’t feel right around…. If you don’t feel comfortable around your doula, then regardless of how good a doula she is, she might not be the best doula for you. Trust your instincts! And if you do like your Doula- hire her, no matter her fee. She will be worth it because you will be able to relax with her and your parter by your side.