Here at Colorado Family Doula in Denver, I want to share more about how to choose a doula. Choosing a doula is an important decision that may affect how positive your childbirth experience is. Here are a few things to consider when making your choice.
It is of utmost importance that you feel comfortable with your doula. Giving birth to a baby is an intimate, vulnerable, and personal experience. It is important that you feel comfortable around your doula. If you feel you can be yourself around your doula, that doula may be an excellent match for you.
When it comes to how to choose a doula, it is important to feel supported by your doula. Find a doula who has a positive attitude and helps you feel encouraged. You want a doula who is passionate about the work they do as well as passionate about developing a good relationship with you.
References and Experience
Inquire about your doula’s experience. You can ask questions about experiences with difficult births, the number of clients your doula has served, references, and difficult situations. Past clients can provide you a view into what your experience with doula could be like.
Think through what you are expecting from doula services and talk through how well that matches with what your doula provides. Finding a doula who offers services that match your expectations is a good way to determine a good fit.
Understanding that a doula may have several clients with similar due dates and that your doula has other clients who have needs, consider how responsive a prospective doula is. How does that match with your needs? What kind of response do you receive from your doula? Sometimes, the type of response you receive to your questions can give you signals about how well you will work together.
What kinds of services are provided and how well does that fit with your needs? For example, here at Colorado Family Doula in Denver, I offer a range of doula packages to fit a mother’s needs before, during, and after a birth. I also provide virtual doula services, as well as exclusive birth videos and guides.
Training and Certification
Is your doula certified? Does your doula have additional training and education in other areas that would be beneficial in the birth room? If your doula actively seeks out additional and on-going education, that is a good sign that your doula is interested in continuing to learn and improve.
The Right Fit
When you look at all the considerations, finding a doula that is a good fit for you and your needs is important. Getting along well with a prospective doula is the first step, and it is also important that your doula is going to provide the kind of birth support that you want.
Knowing more about how to choose a doula will help you find a doula that is right for you. If you are interested in doula services, contact me at Colorado Family Doula to learn more about me and what I can offer you. I look forward to supporting your birth journey.