So you are pregnant and thinking about hiring a doula, but how do you choose one?
Look no further, I am going to share my best tips to help you find a doula that is right for you.
Choose a doula that you connect with.
This is the most important thing! A doula could have all the training and experience in the world, but if you don’t connect on a deeper level, it is not going to work very well. Is this a person you could be friends with? Is this a person you are truly comfortable with? Is this a person that will provide you will non-judgmental support? Remember, your partner should also connect with your doula. Trust your instincts. Just because a person is a doula does not mean they are the right doula for you.
Choose a doula that is educated.
A doula should be well educated and be able to provide not only emotional support, but also knowledge about pregnancy, birth and the postpartum period. In addition, a doula should have resources and a referral network that can support your journey into motherhood, and not leave you hanging.
Choose a doula that supports ALL kinds of births.
Unfortunately, there are birth workers out there shaming women who have a medical birth. Birth is not a contest, and you should make your own informed decision without feeling pressured or ashamed. You never know how your birth will go, and you should choose a doula that will make you feel supported and seen no matter what.
Choose a doula that has a plan about the postpartum period.
A doula should be able to help you and your partner transition into parenthood, and care for you in the postpartum period. A doula in the postpartum period is there to mother the mother in this very special and vulnerable time.
-Contract. A professional doula will use a contract where things are lined out and clear. This is a protection for you, but also your doula.
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Maria Hildebrand ved Born Wild Photography er utdannet doula og fysioterapet (PhD) og tilbyr doulastøtte, samt fødselsfotografering i Tromsø, Målselv og omegn.