A birth doula can offer a lot of services and support to a pregnant women and many parents make use of birth doulas to help get through the period of pregnancy smoother. However, there are a number of considerations that parents need to make before choosing a birth doula.
Before choosing a doula, parents must consider whether the birth is to happen at home, in a hospital or in a birth center. An experienced doula should be chosen on the basis of reputation, referrals and expertise. Before making a choice, it is recommended to interview a number of candidates. It is also important to consider the accessibility of the doula to the mother at all times.
Doulas have the required training to assist birth and some would even have undergone birth method educational classes. Such credentials allow doulas to understand and assist different types of pregnancy with ease and these doulas should be given preference.
The doula’s thoughts and philosophy regarding childbirth, life, parenting and pregnancy should also be considered before making a hire.
The DONA International website is a valuable resource which can help you find comprehensive information, including the listing registered doulas.
Birth doulas can really help parents get through the labor phase and use of services is recommended for all types of childbirth.