Maggi Rohde, Doula
- Finding The Doula For You -
Finding A Doula in Your Community
If you live in a big city, this should be no problem. If you're in a more rural area, you might need to do some searching. Your doctor or childbirth educator may have some fliers or contacts for you. Try the calling the organizations and visiting the web sources listed on the Online Resources page.
Your first question should always be: "Are you available around my due date?" There's no sense in wasting your time if she's already booked for your month.
Her Philosophy About Birth
Once you've got her on the phone, ask her some questions about her personal ideas about birth. It's okay; she expects this, and probably will have the answers ready for you. You need to find a doula who supports your goals and attitudes. This means you need to decide what your answers are to these questions before you ask them of anyone else!
If you like what you've heard so far, ask some questions about her professional role as a doula.
Finally, ask questions about the practical stuff. If everything else has gone smoothly, these last points are probably negotiable. If you are in financial difficulty and don't think you can pay, tell her. She may or may not be able to work things out so you can afford her services, or she may be able to refer you to a friend who works for little or no charge. But remember that she is performing a valuable service; if you truly can afford her fee, you should pay it.
Before you make the final decision to hire a doula, you may want to meet with her in person. She will probably offer to send you information in the mail, and schedule an interview to go over her agreement forms and other documents. Don't feel pressured to decide right away. Wait until you are certain you've found the right doula.
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