Childbirth is a difficult thing, made all the more complicated by the fact that there will be countless people around you and your family as you prepare for the birth, go into labor, and then bring the baby back home afterwards. But in the process leading up to the birth itself, it’s critical to surround yourself as an expectant mother (or father!) with people who can help you achieve optimal health for both your pregnancy and the baby.
A doula is one option out there for expectant moms searching for help when it comes to improving their childbirth experiment. Doulas are effectively labor coaches, and are non-medical assistants who help women emotionally, and logistically, to have a healthy and happy pregnancy. But how do you pick a doula who is right for you? And if you have never worked with a doula before, how do you know what to do when it comes to choosing the right one? Let’s review:
Do you feel comfortable?
First and foremost, you need to feel comfortable with your doula. After all, they will be with you for some very private moments in your life, and will be coaching and helping you through labor and other facets of childbirth. You need to ultimately be comfortable and enjoyable to have them around, and you need to make sure you are open and available to them so they can do their job and assist you fully.
Are they engaged and informative?
Doulas have to be talented, after all! You need to make sure that your doula knows what they are doing (more on certifications below), as well as knows how to be engaging and informative, and that they can help you in a wide variety of ways. Doulas are ideal for people searching for engaging and informative help to make childbirth easier – find one that can make it possible to make your childbirth experience easier.
Are they certified?
Finally, it’s important to make sure that doulas are certified. From Doulas of North America (DONA), to The International Childbirth Education Association (ICEA), to Birth Arts International (BAI), there are countless outfits out there that can certify doulas and give professional credence to their profession. This, in turn, allows you to know exactly what you are getting into and what to expect with the doula you choose, proving their professionalism, work experience, and good standing within the industry itself.
All in all, choosing a doula can be a tough job, but it is a rewarding choice that, when made properly, can greatly improve and impact your childbirth. Not only will you walk away a happy and healthier mother, but your child will walk away a happier and healthier young person with better outlook moving forward thanks to a seamless childbirth at the hands of an experienced doula.
While there are many things to be worried about during pregnancy, the process itself is one you can take off your worry checklist once you find the perfect doula to support and assist you in every way!