What Doulas Do and Don't Do

Finding a Doula

Doulas are available to help in different areas of the birthing experience. There are childbirth doulas, who will be by your side and with your partner to form a team of support for you during labor and delivery. There are also postpartum doulas, who can focus on providing you help as you transition into the "mom" role after you have delivered your baby.
 
After you have decided on the type of doula that will meet your particular needs, it's time to start looking for one. It's important to find a doula who is educated, trained, and experienced. Credentials are important, so make sure to ask for them. It's also important that you and your partner find a doula who you both like and who will be the best match for you both. This person is someone who is there to support and encourage you and your partner, so it's important to find someone who seems to mesh well.
 
When searching for the right doula, there are some questions you may want to ask. Although these questions will vary with each couple, there are some general questions you may consider asking. These include:
 
  • What experience and training have you had? (If they are certified, you may want to check with their organization to confirm their credentials.)
     
  • How much do you charge?
     
  • Do you have a refund policy?
     
  • What if you are unable to be there? Do you have a backup doula when you are not available?
 
You may also consider doing a background check on them and ask what certifications they have, such as cardiopulmonary (CPR) certification.
 
Finding a doula who's right for you and your family will be highly individualized, depending on your needs, personality, and desires for what you want from your pregnancy/childbirth/postpartum experiences. You will want to find someone with whom you can communicate well and who makes you feel comfortable and at ease. The bottom line is not how many births they have attended or the training they have -- find someone who helps to make you feel confident and supported in what you and your partner want and need.
 
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