DONA International is the world’s first, largest, most reputable and rigorous certifying body for birth and postpartum doulas. They put together a really great set of questions to ask in an interview and to reflect on after the meeting as you assess who you will hire.
• Where did you receive your training and from which organization?
• How long was your training, and how much of it was devoted to supporting families (as opposed to business or other topics)? Have you taken any advanced trainings?
• Are you certified or working toward certification? Why do you value certification?
• Tell me about your experience supporting families as a doula. How long have you been a doula, and how many families have you supported?
• What techniques will you use to help me move through labor?
• How will you support my partner through this process?
• How will you interact with my medical team?
Business & Logistics Questions:
• Will we meet for prenatal visits before the birth, and what is included in those visits?
• When do you consider yourself “on call” 24/7 for my birth? If there is a window of call time, what happens if I deliver before that timeframe begins?
• Will you come to me whenever I need you in labor, or is your support only available after a certain point in the process?
• Will we meet postpartum, and what is included in those visits?
• Are phone, email and text support available before and after the birth?
• Do you have a backup doula for times when you are not available? May we meet your backup?
• What is your fee, and what does it include? Are there any time limits or added fees if I have an unexpectedly long labor? *Review the doula’s contract for refund policies and other details.
• If we decide to hire you, what are our next steps?
Questions to Consider After a Birth Doula Interview
It’s a wonderful opportunity to choose a doula to be part of your birth experience! Sometimes, you just know that a particular doula is the one for you, and sometimes you need several interviews to find just the right person (or people- some doulas work in teams). These questions might be helpful as you choose a doula who is the right fit for your family.
• How comfortable was I with the doula/s?
• Did the doula/s communicate well with me and my family?
• Do I feel confident that the doula/s will be able to work collaboratively with my birth team?
• What was the doula’s level of knowledge? Did one seem more knowledgeable than another? Did I feel that my questions were answered thoroughly?
• Do I feel comfortable having this doula (these doulas) in my home?
• If there are unexpected situations, or if I need support early in labor, do I feel confident that this doula (these doulas) can offer what I’ll need at that time?
• Who is the right doula to nurture and support my family through this process? Did I feel a connection?
• What does my overall intuition say?
• Other notes/observations: