Doulas come with varied training and experiences. One of the best ways to start the doula interviewing process is to do a brief telephone interview, or ask a few questions by email—this should get you the basic information you need to decide who to interview. Be sure to interview the doulas that resonate with you the most (at least two doulas, if not more).
When you meet with each doula, be sure to ask the same questions of each one so you can compare responses. Also, ask the questions that are most important to you. Yes, you can go off a list off the internet, but maybe some of those questions are already answered on that doula’s website, or from the phone call or email conversation you had with that doula. Most importantly, when interviewing doulas, trust your instinct; you do not always need to hire the doula with the most training and the most experience (unless that is what is most important to you, of course).
These are probably the more frequent questions that I get asked by potential clients:
Doula. Childbirth Educator. Breastfeeding Counselor. Massage Therapist. Student Midwife. Mom. Wife. Friend. Human.