Flagstaff Birth Doula
and Postpartuim Doula
Kimberly Tinsman
512-417-4134

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How to Hire a Doula.....

A doula can greatly enhance your experience of childbirth and the postpartum months. Your birth doula will be at your side along with your care provider and partner, as part of your team for continuous support during labor and birth. Or maybe you’d like a postpartum doula to help you through the transition into parenthood and family. Either way, finding a good fit for you and your family is critical.


A doula’s education, training, experience and credentials are important. When doulas have DONA International certification, you know that they have had the best education and training available. You can also be assured that they have a strong sense of professionalism and integrity.


You will also want to consider whether you and your partner feel comfortable with an individual doula. You will need to feel that this doula is supportive of your hopes and expectations about labor, childbirth and parenting, in addition to having a strong professional background and credentials. That is why we recommend the following four-step hiring process when hiring a birth or postpartum doula.

Obtain names of DONA International doulas using our easy online doula locator







Questions to Ask a Doula:


The following questions will help you decide if a particular doula is right for you.


For any doula:


  • What training have you had? (If a doula is certified, you might consider          checking with the organization.)
  • Do you have one or more backup doulas for times when you are not available? May we meet her/them?
  • What is your fee, what does it include?



When interviewing a birth doula:


  • Tell me about your experience as a birth doula.
  • Is my partner still number one in the whole process?
  • Will we have privacy at times during labor?
  • How long do you stay after birth?
  • What is your philosophy about birth and supporting women and their partners through labor?
  • May we meet to discuss our birth plans and the role you will play in supporting me through birth?
  • May we call you with questions or concerns before and after the birth?
  • When do you try to join women in labor? Do you come to our home or meet us at the place of birth?
  • Do you meet with us after the birth to review the labor and answer questions?



*NOT ALL DOULAS HAVE RECEIVED FORMAL TRAINING OR CERTIFICATIONS.  BE SURE TO ASK FOR COPIES OF ALL CERTIFICATES!






























ASK YOUR DOULA FOR REFERENCES:


Go to www.doulamatch.net 
for references from moms, dads and support team.




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