by Lynne Govatos, MPA, CD(DONA)

A question that came up at our last doula meet and greet was, “How do I know which doula is right for me?” More often than not, choosing a doula can be a tough decision.  I thought I would compile a list of questions that I commonly answer during doula interviews, in case you are feeling unsure of what to ask to help you decide on just the right doula.

  1. Why did you decide to become a doula?
  2. What organization did you train with? Did you complete your certification?
  3. Do you have any other relevant training or experience? 
  4. Have you attended any births at my planned birthing place? With my provider? 
  5. Do you have any references or reviews?
  6. What are the best/hardest parts of being a doula?
  7. What are your favorite comfort measures for labor?
  8. How do you feel about the use of pain medications for labor?
  9. Are you fully available around my due date? 
  10. Who do you use as a back-up doula?

These questions can be a great starting place. Ultimately, when choosing a doula you’ll want to find someone that you have a good connection with. This person will be with you during some very vulnerable and intimate moments. Your comfort level with the doula may be the most important factor to consider!