A Postpartum Doula’s role is to provide postpartum support for mother and newborn. The doula will offer her guidance and support to the mother the next few hours after birth. And continue on with one or more home visits. The family benefits from her gentle guidance and provides a role model for the mother. She takes care of the needs of both mother and newborn, even helping in light household chores so that the family can concentrate on adjusting with the baby.
We recommend families to ask their candidate doula the following questions during the interview:
- How many hours of training have you had? Are you certified, and if yes from where?
- Do you have one or more back up doulas in case you will not be available? (Optional: Is it possible to meet your back-up doula? Does she have the same rates as you? Do you have the same philosophy about supporting women after childbirth?)
- How many families have you supported postpartum? What is your experience as a doula?
- What is your philosophy about parenting, breastfeeding, supporting families after childbirth?
- What do you know about postpartum care?
- What are your roles as a postpartum doula? (Important!)
- When will you join us to assist after childbirth? Will you be there at the hospital or will you be meeting us at home?
- Are you also a lactation consultant? Do you offer breastfeeding support?
- Will you help feed and sleep train the baby?
- Are you willing to shoulder light household chores are while you are on-duty?
- Are you available to answer our calls for questions and concerns postpartum even if you are not on-duty?
- Are we going to have a discussion about parenting a newborn? Will you be able to answer other related questions we might have at this point?
- Can you provide us with testimonials and character references?
We advise you to meet a candidate postpartum doula when asking these questions. This is because you can make a better decision if your family will be able to work with her. There are mothers who want someone who is knowledgeable and has a good amount of experience. Some families choose a doula because they are compatible and comfortable with them. In a face-to-face interview, you can see for yourself if they are able to communicate well and express their thoughts clearly. It is also important that they are good listeners. If you feel that the prospective postpartum doula is not giving enough information, ask them to clarify and expound their work. It will also help if you tell them the kind of support you need postpartum.
If you are a soon-to-be mom who is thinking about getting a doula after you have given birth, Doulapreneur has you covered with our Postpartum Doula FAQs.