Interview Questions to Ask a Doula

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Hiring a doula is the most personal choice I’ve made as a woman. It’s the person that will be there to support, guide, and advocate for you during the most intimate moment of your life. If you aren’t familiar with using a doula, the DONA website defines a doula as,

a trained professional who provides continuous physical, emotional and informational support to a mother before, during and shortly after childbirth to help her achieve the healthiest, most satisfying experience possible.”

Whether it’s your first birth or your tenth, having the support of a doula can be invaluable to your birthing experience. Countless scientific trials examining doula care demonstrate remarkably improved physical and psychological outcomes for both mother and baby. 

Finding the right doula may take meeting a few different ones or you may connect with the first person you meet. If you’ve never birthed a baby it may be difficult to know exactly what to ask. This list is compiled from other mamas and doulas to help you through the process of selecting the right doula for you and your family.

Questions to Ask a Potential Doula

  1. Where did you receive your training and from which organization?

  2. Are you certified or working toward certification?

  3. Tell me about your experience supporting families as a doula. How long have you been a doula, and how many families have you supported?

  4. Do you have experience at my place of birth?

  5. What are your beliefs about birth? Or your birth philosophy?

  6. What is your most valuable tool you use at births? What techniques will you use to help me move through labor?

  7. How will you support my partner through this process?

  8. How will you interact with my medical team? Will you come to an appointment with me?

  9. Will you help me create a list of birth intentions?

  10. What type of support will you provide leading up to birth?

  11. Will you be there for my entire birth? Will you come to my home first if I choose to birth at home before moving to a birth center or hospital?

  12. Are you comfortable supporting natural birth/birth with epidural use/cesarean birth?

  13. How many clients due each month do you accept? 

  14. Do you have a reliable back up Doula? 

  15. Do you provide any other services alongside birth support?

  16. When do you consider yourself "on call" 24/7 for my birth? If there is a window of call time, what happens if I deliver before that timeframe begins?

  17. Are phone, email and text support available before and after the birth?

  18. Will we meet postpartum, and what is included in those visits?