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Questions to Ask Your Doula

Rachel O'Reilly

By Aaryn Leineke

Your birth doula will be by your side along with your care provider and partner for continuous support while you are in labor. It is very important to find someone that you see as a good person to add to your team.

A doula’s education, training, experience and credentials are just as important as feeling a good connection with them after you meet. Knowing that your doula is supportive of your hopes and expectations surrounding labor, childbirth and parenting is paramount, and you need to feel comfortable and at ease in their presence.

Questions to Ask:

  • What training have you had?

  • Do you have one or more backup doula for times when you are not available? May we meet her/them?

  • What is your fee? What does it include and what are your refund policies?

  • What is your philosophy about birth and supporting women and their partners through labor?

  • Could you describe your role when supporting us, while I’m in labor?

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

  • At what point should we call you when we believe labor has started?

  • When will you come join us when in labor? Do you join us at home or meet at the place of birth?

  • Do you support women who desire a home birth?

  • How many births have you attended? At home, at hospital?

  • Do you provide any postpartum support? Do we see you after birth?

Curious about what questions to ask your OBGYN or Midwife?