How Would I Find a Doula?
The best way to choose a doula would be through friends or family who may have used one. You can also ask your obstetrician if any former patients may have one to recommend. Some hospitals have also recently started offering doula services. Contact the maternity ward in the hospital in which you plan to give birth to find out if they have any affiliations.
If you're unable to find a doula through word of mouth, there are many online resources that list certified doulas by geographic area. These include:
The most important thing to remember in finding a doula is that you feel comfortable with the person you choose. This woman is going to be your representative, your advocate, and your source of support on one of the most important days of your life, so choose wisely.
Sources: Maternity Center Association; Childbirth.org; Mothering the Mother: How a Doula Can HelpYou Have a Shorter Easier and Healthier Birth, (Klaus, Kennell, and Klaus)
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