Questions for a Doula

Not sure what questions to ask?   Remember that the word "doula" comes from the ancient Greek term "a women who serves" and is now used to refer to a trained and experienced professional who provides continual physical, emotional, and informational support to the mother before, during, and just after birth. You, the parents, should "labor" to ask questions (including these ones below) during the interview process...

  • What is your training for becoming a doula? Did you go through a certification program?
  • How long have you been in practice? How many families have you helped?
  • If you were looking for a doula to be with you at your birth, what would you look for?
  • What arrangements do you have for back-up if you are not available to attend my birth or can't help me postpartum?
  • Do you know of anything now that may cause you to be unavailable around the time of my birth? Do you have any other clients who are due around that time?
  • What are your fees? Are there any possible extra costs I should know about?
  • Do you accept alternate payment arrangements, such as sliding scale, time payments, barter, or PayPal?
  • Would you meet with me/us before the birth to discuss our preferences and concerns?
  • What services do you provide during labor and birth? What do you bring with you? How do you help women cope with labor pain?
  • How do you feel about _________________? (Ask here about any concerns or preferences that may be on your mind, such as pain/comfort issues, or the role of your partner.)
  • When would you come to be with me in labor? How long would you stay after the birth?
  • How would my partner/husband fit in?
  • What do you see as your greatest strengths?
  • Are you current on your vaccines and flu shot?