There are many ways to find a doula nowadays, word of mouth referrals are often made by friends and family members or through communities. Perhaps you’re new to your area and have no idea of where to begin or don’t know anyone who has chosen this route during childbirth. The first question you can ask yourself is: What role will a doula play in my childbirth experience? With having knowledge of this information, you can easily move forward in how to begin your search for the ideal individual to assist you in one of the most important events in your life whether it is your first childbirth or one of many (being every birth is a new experience), offered here are ideas to get you on the right path.
Asking yourself a series of questions is a good way to narrow down what your needs are in creating an ideal childbirth plan for you and your family. A good doula learns what you want and works toward making that happen. You may want to steer clear from someone who practices a “one size fits all” service standard being everyone and each childbirth is unique. The one who is right for you may not necessarily have attended the most childbirths but, could very well be the one in whom you and your partner “connect” with.
Here are a few suggestions for you to consider when interviewing doulas:
~Does she spend time listening to you? A good doula listens often as she’s there to support your needs.
~Does she include your partner in discussions? This is important being she’s working hand-inhand with your family.
~Are you comfortable to speaking with her openly without fear or worry of her thoughts?
~Do you feel you will enjoy having her present during your childbirth experience?
~What type of formal training or work experience has she had as a doula?
~Are you considering a water birth? How much experience has she had in this method of childbirth?
Provided are just a few ideas of how to find the right doula for you. Learn more at Find a Doula.