Reply Hey Mom! Learn more about the Gerber Life Insurance Grow-Up Plan!
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 07-21-2013, 03:21 PM   #1
EmmaGM's Avatar
EmmaGM
Registered Users
seller
seller
 
Join Date: Dec 2011
Location: San Antonio, TX
Posts: 7,876
My Mood:
Tell me about doulas

I'm starting to look for a doula in my area.

I'm shocked by how different they are. One offers 24/7 support starting only two weeks before due date. I won't ever use this anyway, but I've seen others that are available if you have questions the whole pregnancy. The same one only does one prenatal appointment and one postpartum appointment.

Is there any sort of standard of services or what do you expect and look for?

What questions do you ask before hiring one?

Advertisement

__________________
Emma H&T Mama to Faolan 6/7/12 & Malachy 1/29/14
Bindi Burrito coming 2/9/16
EmmaGM is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-21-2013, 03:31 PM   #2
VeganCupcake
Registered Users
seller
seller
 
Join Date: Jun 2008
Posts: 2,708
Re: Tell me about doulas

I think they vary a lot. You might check something like the DONA website to see if there are any standards for how much care they should offer outside the birth, but I think women need different things and want different things, so I bet there's a wide variance.

I had one for my first birth, and I think she did 3 prenatal visits and 2 postpartum. (Incidentally, mine arrived unannounced postpartum--very bad idea with a woman who has given birth in the last few days--and then I never saw her again. Oh well--she worked very hard during the birth and more than earned her fee.)

I just looked for someone who was familiar with the kind of birth I wanted (a home birth with HypnoBabies) and that I felt comfortable with. I asked her about her experience and how she handled different situations. I also was interested in breastfeeding support at that point (my first baby) and so I asked what kind of resources and ideas she had about that.
__________________
Catherine, mama to Preschooler Girl 9/08, Toddler Boy 3/11, and Twin Girls 2/14!
VeganCupcake is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-21-2013, 04:07 PM   #3
craigwick's Avatar
craigwick
Registered Users
seller
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: saskatchewan, canada
Posts: 886
Re: Tell me about doulas

We have a doula this time around...it is someone DH knew growing up, so that was a major deciding factor (plus she and I clicked as well when we had met previously). She does 3 prenatal visits and 2 after and is "on call" for two weeks before and after my due date (but she said that is more of a formality, they come no matter what!) She works with a few other doulas so that she has back up just in case. I'm so glad we have her as DH is not really receptive to things like this unless someone he knows supports it (and apparently I am not included in that - he needs to do things that "other" people do, whereas I wanted the doula for me and who cares what anyone thinks!)

When I was looking into other doulas in the area, what ours offers seemed pretty standard for number of visits and fees.
__________________
H...mom to three silly girls, 7, 5 and brand new!!!
Plus two dogs, and oh yeah, DH!
craigwick is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-21-2013, 04:57 PM   #4
twood80
Registered Users
seller
seller
 
Join Date: Apr 2011
Posts: 1,872
Re: Tell me about doulas

They vary widely, and knowing what's important to you will impact which one you choose (that's not so helpful, I know); do they do massage or will they only talk to you while you're in labor, when do they become available 24/7, do they do any "gift" service (acrostic of baby's name, etc) that's of interest to you, will they only stay for 12 or 24 hours after arrival or will they stay until the bitter end? Don't forget to take into account if they're planning any vacations near your EDD. If they're unavailable, do they have a back-up doula they will call? Can you meet the back-up doula? Do they have a cell phone number they'll give you, or just a house phone? Do they do any post-partum visits, do they do breastfeeding support? How much do they cost?

Besides gathering information here, take notes from candidate websites/interviews, and make a comprehensive list, then check off which criteria each candidate meets.

Also very important but unquantifiable is whether or not you "click". This is a person you're going to be around while very uncomfortable (physically and emotionally), if it's a person who rubs you the wrong way while you're still pregnant than you don't want them with you during L&D, they'd be yet another hurdle rather than a help. I'd rather be doula-less than have the wrong person there.
twood80 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-21-2013, 06:34 PM   #5
~Cricket~'s Avatar
~Cricket~
Registered Users
seller
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Ontario, Canada
Posts: 877
My Mood:
Re: Tell me about doulas

I think it's mostly just about finding one who offers what you want. Some moms will want lots of pre/post birth support, and others will only need them there for the actual labour and delivery. Some will want specific techniques or methods used during labour, others will just want a calming, encouraging presence.
Decide what you are hoping to receive from your doula, and then see if there's someone who offers that sort of service.
__________________
Me DH married for almost 14 years, parents to 7 small people, so far.
~Cricket~ is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-06-2013, 10:33 AM   #6
yazmanderfaz's Avatar
yazmanderfaz
Registered Users
seller
 
Join Date: Jul 2013
Location: Minot, ND
Posts: 65
Re: Tell me about doulas

Bookmarking this thread, I too am considering a doula this time around and this is good info!
yazmanderfaz is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump

Copyright 2005 - 2014 Escalate Media. All Rights Reserved.