What often happens is that a woman will google “Doula”, check out the website, ask around her friends and mothers groups, and then interview the first one that stands out. This is great way to find out which doulas are available in your region, but you might like to take a little time to reflect before the interview to help you find your perfect doula.
Before the interview, a really good starting point is to spend some time reflecting on what it is you want from your pregnancy year and how a doula can help you. Your goals and expectations for your pregnancy year, may be quite different than your family or friends. If you consider your individual needs and become a little bit clearer on what you expect, it will go a long way to helping you find the doula who is perfect for you.
- What are you hoping for with regards to your care from your health care providers?
- What are your expectations of your birth support?
- What sort of skills can a doula bring to your birth team that will enhance your experience?
- What are your concerns?
- What sort of stories have you heard?
- What do you need from a doula that will help you address some of these concerns? What sort of ‘style’ of doula will suit you – a knowledgeable and supportive birthy friend? Mother figure?
- Or perhaps an experience birth worker who is your “tour guide” for the pregnancy year?
Most women will develop a clearer idea of her goals during pregnancy. That’s one of the many benefits of doula support – we there to help you find find all your options to work out what's best for you.
On the next part of our article, we will help you identify the things to think about you may need when choosing a doula. Read on as we lead you to the second part of this article: Part 2: Things to Think about When Choosing a Doula