Your birth team -- Is a doula right for me?

• Where were you trained?
• How long have you been a labor assistant?
• How many births have you attended as a doula?
• Do you have any experience or knowledge of using hypnosis for childbirth?
• Tell me about your personal experience with birth, and in your practice.
• What do you think is the most important part of your job?
• What is your philosophy about childbirth?
• Describe your role in my birthing. What exactly do you do?
• How many times will I see you before the birth?
• When will you come to attend me in labor?
• What other services do you offer such as breastfeeding support, postpartum for mom and dad and new baby care?
• Do you have a back-up, for times when you are not available and may we meet with her?
• What care providers have you worked with?
• In what hospitals have you attended births?
• May we call you with questions or concerns before and after the birth?
• Do you meet with us after the birth to review the labor and answer questions?
• What is your fee, and what does it include?
• Are there two of your past clients whom I may call?

Did you or are you planning to have a doula during your birth? Why did you decide to add her to your birthing team?