Which Birth Professional Is Right for You?

Questions for Prospective Doulas

Print out this page and bring it along to your interviews with prospective doulas.

____ What training have you had? Are you certified? (You may want to verify this with the appropriate organization.)

____ Tell us about your experience with birth, both personally and as a doula.

____ What specific services do you provide?

____ May we call you with questions or concerns before and after the birth?

____ Which care providers have you worked with? Where have you attended births?

____ When do you join women in labor? Do you come to our home or meet us at the hospital?

____ Will you meet with us after the birth to review the labor and answer questions?

____ Do you work with one or more backup doulas (for times when you are not available)? May we meet them?

____ What is your fee? Is any part of your fee refundable if you do not attend the birth?

__Please provide us with a list of previous client references.

After the interview, discuss the following questions with your partner:

____ Did you find the doula to be kind, warm, and enthusiastic?

____ Is she knowledgeable?

____ Does she communicate well?

____ Is she a good listener?

____ Do you feel comfortable with her?

Sources: The Mayo Clinic Complete Book of Pregnancy and Baby's First Year (Morrow); RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association, www.resolve.org; The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, www.acog.org and www.medem.com

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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