Questions to Ask Your Doula
- What is your role as a doula? How do you support differing birth plans?
- How does the doctor, midwife, nurse and other birth team members react to your presence?
- What do you think the partner’s role should be during labor and birth?
- Tell about your experience with birth…Cesarean birth?…Unmedicated?…Epidural?…VBAC?
- How often do we meet before & after the birth? What do we talk about? Availability?
- Back-up arrangements?
- Additional services offered…Breastfeeding?…Photography?…Postpartum support?…Other?
- What is your fee? What does it include? Payment arrangements? Is there a signed contract?
- Are you certified? By who? Continuing education required to maintain certification?
- Recent references?