You are expecting and have decided to choose a doula to help guide you on this new and exciting journey. But of all the highly qualified professional doulas, how do you find a doula that will be the best fit for you and your family?
How can I find a doula in my area?
When you begin searching for a doula for your family, you can start by getting recommendations from your friends who have used doulas. Any childbirth educators, labor and delivery nurses, midwives, or lactation consultants you know might also have a list of recommendations. Your doctor or midwife will most likely have a list of doulas they have worked well with. This is a great way to ensure your birth team is working in collaboration. Search trusted sources online to find a doula in your area. Yelp, Google, Facebook, and Doula Match all have reviews you can check out.
With so many choices, how do I choose the right doula for my family?
Meet with several doulas who sound like they would be a good personality match for your family. Bring a list of questions with you to your visits. Here are a few questions to get you started!
- Why did you become a doula?
- How many clients do you take per month?
- What is included in your free?
- When will you come be with me in labor?
- Do you provide postpartum care?
- Do you have a backup doula(s)
- Do you offer any additional services, such as breastfeeding support, childbirth education, placenta encapsulation, or birth photography?
- How would you describe your doula style?
Interviewing a few doulas is a great idea. After all, this person will be witness to one of life’s most important moments – the birth of your child – so you want to make sure you find a doula that is a good fit for you family!
After the meeting, ask yourself:
- Do I feel confident in their training and abilities?
- Did they make a personal connection with everyone in my family?
- Did the whole family feel heard and able to ask questions?
- Are they able to support the goals I’m hoping for in labor and birth?
- Is their personality a good match for me and my support partner?
In the end, make your choice based on who you felt most comfortable with to guide you on this journey. She will be with you during one of the most intimate and vulnerable times in your life, so your trust and ease is paramount. If, at the end of the interview, you feel like you just made a new friend, you have found your doula!
Learn more about doula care during pregnancy, labor and delivery, and postpartum.