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Interviewing help

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)

  • What does your fee cover? How many visits or hours and when will those visits happen (before or after birth)?

  • 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?

  • 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?