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Sunday, January 18, 2009

Choosing a Doula

  • What training have you had?
  • What is your philosophy of childbirth and supporting women and their partners through labour? How do you work with my partner to support me?
  • Tell us your experience with birth, both personally and as a doula?
  • What service will you provide us prenatally?
  • May we call with questions or concerns before and after the birth?
  • When do we call you in labour? How do we reach you?
  • Do you come to our home or to the hospital when I am in labour?
  • Do you work with a back up doula (for times when you are not available or in case of a very long labour?) Can we speak with her if you anticipate needing her?
  • Do you meet with us after the birth to review the labour and answer questions?
  • What is your fee? What does it include?
The above are a list of possible questions when interviewing a doula (adapted from Elmont Professional Birth Services).

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