Are you thinking of hiring a doula? Where do you start? What questions do you ask them when you meet or talk on the phone?
Googling doulas in your area is a great place to start. If you Google surrounding cities to see who’s out there, you will have a lot more to choose from and chances are very high that they support clients birthing in your area or at your hospital.
Asking your friends and family for a referral is another possible way to get some names to start looking. Keep in mind, that doulas are never responsible for birth outcomes, and each person is going to have different expectations that are individually important to them. Each person will be drawn more closely to someone who’s personality meshes with theirs. It’s important that you would feel completely and totally at ease having this person be by your side during this super-personal, intimate, and life changing event. There would be nothing worse than feeling completely awkward and uncomfortable with your doula during your birth, or during your postpartum, just by hiring the one your friend recommended, or that was the most affordable.
When you make arrangements to meet a potential doula face-to-face, have a phone consultation, or a Skype meeting, the first thing that is important to ask is what their services include. Usually, if the doula is well versed in what her services would include – they will most likely answer a bunch of questions you may have, and then you can ask other important questions that were not answered after, such as – some of my favorite interview questions:
1. Can you tell me about your training and certifications? Hiring a trained and/or certified doula may be important to you. This is not a regulated industry as of yet, so a trained doula is important. Your doula taking the extra steps of certifying (or being in the process of certifying) shows that they are serious about their career and have put in the time and effort of testing/reading/researching/writing. Once you are certified, you must submit for recertification every few years, so that keeps your doula fresh and up to date on current recommendations.
2. Do you hire a backup for each of your clients, or do you work in pairs? It’s very important for your doula to hire a backup doula that you can meet if you request. If the day of your birth comes and your doula is ill, in an emergency situation, or supporting another client, you will be assured nurturing, professional support with your backup doula. At Flora & Finn Birth Services, we take this very seriously and only hire trusted backup doulas that would take care of our clients in the exact same manner we would. We also have the option to our clients to work in pairs, that way you have two doulas assigned to you, coming to your prenatal meetings and building a professional, personal relationship with you.
3. If I change my birth preferences, will you still be there to support me? Sometimes, during the course of your pregnancy or labor, you may want to change your mind, or certain situations call for necessary interventions. You need to be 100% sure that your doula will hold no judgment or leave you hanging on your big day. Here at Flora & Finn Birth Services, we provide unbiased and non-judgemental support for ALL types of birth experiences. We believe in the birth process, but also believe that there is more than one way to birth your baby. We will be there supporting you through any challenges, concerns or course changes along the way!
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