Choosing Your Labor Support

Questions to Ask

Here are some valuable questions to ask your labor support candidates (and yourself!) before choosing someone to represent you on your special day.

If you're considering a doula:

  • At what points of prelabor, labor, delivery, or postpartum care will she be present?
  • How comfortable do you feel with her?
  • Does she seem to understand your labor preferences?
  • Is she okay with your partner or other family members being in the delivery room?
  • Does she discuss labor as a natural and beautiful process?
  • How many births has she attended?
  • Does she have references?
  • What types of births has she witnessed?
  • Does she have backup arrangements available?
  • Is she familiar with many methods of childbirth?
  • How much does she charge for her services?

If you're considering your partner or family member:

  • Are you comfortable with him/her seeing you naked?
  • How will he/she react if you are in a lot of pain?
  • Does he/she view labor as a natural and beautiful process?
  • Does he/she seem to have a fair understanding of what labor entails?
  • Do you see eye to eye on labor preferences?
  • Will he/she be a nurturing and relaxing presence for you?
  • Does he/she communicate well with doctors?
  • Will he/she be able to remain calm and objective if complications occur?

Since labor support is for your comfort, it's important that you choose your labor support based on your needs and desires. Don't let concerns about hurting other people's feelings influence your decision in any way. The day you welcome your new child into the world should be a day that you remember positively for the rest of your life. Choosing the right labor support is the first step in building those beautiful memories.

Sources: Maternity Center Association; Childbirth.org

All content here, including advice from doctors and other health professionals, should be considered as opinion only. Always seek the direct advice of your own doctor in connection with any questions or issues you may have regarding your own health or the health of others.

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