If you're interested in having a doula, you should ask these questions before choosing one:
- What is your training?
- Are you certified? By what organization? What were the requirements?
- Tell us about your experience with birth, personally and as a doula.
- What is your philosophy about childbirth and supporting women and their partners through labor?
- May we meet to discuss our birth plans and your role in supporting us through childbirth?
- May we call you with questions before and after the birth?
- Do you come to our home or meet us at the hospital once labor starts?
- Do you meet with us after the birth to review the labor and answer questions?
- Do you work with backup doulas? May we meet them?
- What is your fee?
When you both meet the doula, pay particular attention to your personal perceptions of her. Is she warm, kind and enthusiastic? Is she knowledgeable? Does she communicate well? Is she a good listener? Is she comfortable with your choices? Do you feel comfortable with her? You may want to interview more than one doula.
Source: Doulas of North America