There's lists all over Google explaining just what to ask during a
but we thought we'd offer a different, more modern perspective and add a few questions that aren't traditionally on that list (or at least the answers aren't what you'd think them to be.)
Because we want to make sure you are working with the most professional and caring doulas out there!
#1- Who were you trained by?
This question may come up on lots of lists, but the answers are the important part of this one.
Do you know anything about training organizations? Or is this just to see if they've even actually been trained?
There's so many organizations out there, do a little research and see what organization may align with what you are looking for the most because the doula will be under their scope of practice.
The doulas of Special Dilliveries, LLC have been trained through ProDoula because we know that professionalism and nonjudgmental support are of utmost importance to our clients! They offer the most compassionate and extensive training and certification available; And if we don't have the answers our trainers and the organization is available at any time to help and answer questions for us or you.
#2- What happens if I change my mind?
Many people hire doulas thinking they want a medication-free birth. What happens if you change your mind? Will your doula support your decisions and help bridge the options gaps? Have they been trained to support through an epidural? What about a cesarean?
We support you no matter your choices! We know this is your birth and your baby and you are always welcome to change your mind at any time about anything. We have been specially trained to support non-medicated births, medicated births, and cesareans.
#3- When do you go on call?
Traditionally doulas go on-call at 38 weeks and end at 42 weeks. What happens if you go into preterm labor? Are they going to be available to support you or is the contract and your money now worthless?
We know birth happens (very unexpectedly sometimes) and we would never leave you hanging. We go on call as soon as the contract is signed and will do everything in our power to attend your birth, no matter when it happens. If we can't, we will ensure a back-up is there for your support in our place.
#4- Do you have a reliable back-up?
Being on-call is tough. Who knows when someone will be sick or the car will break down or ... It is all possible, we are human and things happen. Your doula needs to have a back-up. And a back-up for their back-up. Especially if they are not in a partnered or agency situation.
Of course we do! We have a back-up and a back-up for our back-up. They have both been trained through the same organization and have very similar support styles, personalities, and will be given the information about your wishes prior to your birth. We know you are hiring us for peace of mind and worrying about not having that support during your birth is not something we take lightly. We welcome the option to meet with or Skype with our back-up; And they will be compensated from us if they have attended your birth in our place.
#5- Will you meet my doctor/midwife? Have you worked with them before?
Collaborative care is amazing! Wouldn't it be great to know you have a whole team of people working together to support you through your birth, rather than feeling like there are sides when the time comes? Traditionally doulas and doctors are seen on opposite ends of the spectrum, but it shouldn't be us vs them. You deserve to know you are supported from every angle and your doula should be willing to work collaboratively with your care team to help you work through decisions and situations that arise!
We would love them opportunity to meet and talk with your care provider! We truly enjoy working along side them to help you have the best birth and to help them raise patient satisfaction. If we haven't already worked with them we will definitely give their office manager a call and set up a lunch with them to be able to talk more about how we can work together for you. Good, respectful working relationships with care providers and facilities are of the utmost importance to us, so we can better serve you!
With the doula industry changing so rapidly,
we love being on the forefront of this
modern, excellence-in-care movement!
Asking these questions is one of the best ways to make sure your doula is offering the best services and most professional care available.
If you are looking for a doula in the Greater Lafayette, Indiana area:
We offer consultations for those who need a little more personal face-to-face time to get to know us and talk through any questions.
While this isn't always necessary
(we get hired often over the phone or even just through email),
it can help to make the decision easier for you.
CONTACT US today!
Jessica Anne Dill