One of the most common questions I hear, often even during a consultation interview, is “what IS a birth doula, anyway?”
I hear frequently from families who have decided to look into hiring a doula because friends or family members encouraged them in that direction. But they aren’t quite sure what a doula is or does, how a doula is different from a midwife, or whether a doula is really right for their situation.
So, what is a birth doula? Read on to learn more about the role, scope, and training that make birth doulas what they are (and what they are not).
Doula-assisted childbirth is growing in popularity year over year . Still, you may encounter surprise or dismissal from family or friends who have never heard of a doula or didn’t use one themselves. But having a birth doula is in fact a tradition that extends through many times and cultures.
Want to learn more? This brief survey of what we know about the history of doula childbirth is a crash course in understanding the history and signifiance of this important part of the birth experience.
Just as every person is different, every doula brings a slightly different approach into the birthing space. Finding the birth doula who is the right match for you isn’t always easy.
Most doulas offer a free consultation meeting where you can interview one another, have a little Q&A session, and mutually decide whether there is a good fit. Essentially, the doula consultation is your opportunity to hold a job interview for your potential doula. But how can you interview someone to do a job you aren't very familiar with yourself?
Here is a list of some of the most helpful questions to ask a potential doula at your interview.