A Doula is a very personal choice. It is good to do some research and speak to a couple before you make your mind up, just as if you were checking your compatibility to a coach, personal trainer or counsellor.
You need to be able to build a rapport with this person and ultimately try and work out whether this person will be able to support you and your family in the way that you would like.
Some questions to ask yourself when speaking with doulas.
- do I like them, do they listen to me well?
- are they on the same page about pregnancy, birth and post birth ideals?
- will they respect my wishes?
- will I feel comfortable to spend time with this doula?
There are also the practical elements, do they have a DBS certificate, First Aid certificate, Insurance and any form of training and experience for example?