Interview questions for a Doula
Before you hire a Doula, it’s helpful to take some time to get to know her, and learn about her philosophies and experience. As a key support person during and after your pregnancy and labor, you want to find the right match for you and your partner. Below is a series of questions you might find useful when interviewing.
For any type of doula
- What made you become a doula?
- Tell me about your experience.
- What training have you had? Are you certified, and if so by which organization? (If the doula says she is certified you can confirm with the organization.)
- What did your certification entail?
- Do you have any other clients scheduled near my due date?
- Do you have a backup doula in case you are not free when I go into labor or get home from the hospital? May we meet her/them?
- What do you charge? When do you get paid (in advance, etc)â€¨â€¨
- What does your fee cover? How many visits or hours and when will those visits happen (before or after birth)?â€¨â€¨
- On the big day, when do I contact you? When I am leaving for hospital (if hospital birth) etc.
- Can I have 3 references
When interviewing a birth doula
- How many births have you attended?
- Are you familiar with my doctor/midwife? Have you ever worked with them before and what was your experience like with this person?â€¨
- Can you please tell me about the labor techniques you find to be the most successful?
- At what point and where do you meet women when they are in labor? At home? In the hospital/birthing center?
- What is your philosophy on childbirth?
- What are your feelings on pain medication during labor?
- How would you involve my partner?
- May we meet to discuss our birth plans and the role you will play in supporting me through birth?
- Do you meet with us after the birth to review the labor and answer questions?
- May we call you with questions or concerns before and after the birth?
When interviewing a postpartum doula
- Tell me about your experience as a postpartum doula.
- What is your philosophy about parenting and supporting women and their families during postpartum?
- May we meet to discuss our postpartum needs and the role you will play in supporting us in the postpartum period?
- May we call you with postpartum questions or concerns before the birth?
- When do your services begin after birth?
- What is your experience in breastfeeding support?
- What other kind of houshold support will you provide?
- Have you recently been CPR certified? When?