10 Interview Questions You Need To Ask Your Doula!

Hiring a Doula is a great idea, but can be a nerve-racking experience if you don’t know what questions to ask. Luckily for you, we’ve made a list of must ask questions you need to ask your Doula during the interview.

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Before you continue, you may want to read the following; What Is A Birth Doula? OR How Much Should I Pay A Doula? OR How Do I Choose A Doula?

Here are the top 10 questions to ask during a Doula Interview:

1.       Why Did You Become A Doula?

Do you want to really get to know your Birth Doula? This is the opening question you should be asking. Being a Childbirth Doula is demanding, physically, and emotionally; which is why most Doulas need to have a genuine passion for what they do. You should hear a refreshing answer as to why they became a Doula, and some sincere dialogue on why they continue to be a Doula.

2.       How Did You Become A Doula?

Here you get into the technical aspect. You’re going to want to know what certification or training they completed for this job. The answer should bring you comfort that you’re hiring a professional.  If you’re interviewing a Doula with no certifications, or formal training, then you need to ask what experience has made her well equipped to handle a birth.

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3.       How Do You Plan To Work With Me And Dad During The Birth?

You should aim to find out what her Doula style is, and how adaptable she is too. She may be very caring and soft in her natural style, and that might be exactly what you’re looking for, but you may also want someone who can switch to being a strong coach/advocate at a moment’s notice. You can ask about how she supports dad too.

4.       What Additional Training Do You Have? What Additional Services Do You Offer?

A Doula may have extra training that sets her aside from other candidates. The extra training may be useful prenatal, and/or postpartum.

Some of the training you’re looking for is; Bradley Method (childbirth educator), Placenta Encapsulation, Rebozo Certification, Infant Massage, Breastfeeding Consulting, Newborn Photography, Infant CPR, and maybe even Car Seat Installation.

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5.       Do You Attend All Types Of Births? Hospital Births? Home Birth? Birth Centers? Water Births?

You want to get a sense of how versatile your Birth Doula is. If you’re giving birth at a birth center, and your doula doesn’t attend births there, then that might be a deal breaker. If you are undecided, this can allow your Doula to make recommendations on the type and place of birth.

6.       Do You Have A Backup Doula? Can I Meet Her?

Life happens, and sometimes an emergency, like an accident, or health can delay and or prevent your Doula from attending your birth. You need to know if your Doula has a backup, and what exactly happens if a Backup Doula is needed. You may want to also meet the Backup Doula; your Doula should be able to coordinate that.

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7.       What Does Your Pricing Include?

You want to know how many prenatal visits are included, if any. You should find out when they are on call for you. This should open up a conversation on what tools they bring to the birth. Some Doulas offer aroma therapy, or a Rebozo (you can read about that here), they can also offer photography and Placenta services.

 

8.       Do You Have Reviews We Can Read? Do You Have A Website?

You can learn a lot about your Doula from her YELP and her WEBSITE. A Doula who considers herself a professional, will have an online portfolio with great reviews. You can also ask if they have a business Facebook, or business Instagram. If she doesn’t have a portfolio, ask if you can call her references.

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9.       What Is Your Fee?

Cha-ching. You need to know how much your investment is going to be. Doulas can charge anywhere from $950-$3,000 on average here in the OC area. Be sure to talk about payment options, and how your Doula can help you with HSA/FSA/insurance reimbursements.

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10.   Did You Click? Is There A Connection?

This last question is really for you, but don’t be afraid to flip the script and ask her if she feels like you clicked too.

Above all, if you have a good connection, and you trust her, pricing, and a website might not be as big of a concern. By the end, you should feel like this process was less an interview and more of a good conversation instead.

Of course there are many more questions you can ask, like; what’s your spirit animal? But this should give you a good idea on the best questions to ask.

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I'm Pregnant! Now What?!

All the excitement, fear (lets be real), and confusion is swirling in you, and making you double think everything you need to get done.

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 Aside from jumping for joy, there are a few things that you should probably do. The following helps you get some of those things scheduled.

1.       Get In The Healthy Mindset

If you already have a healthy lifestyle, make sure you’re continuing your good habits, but don’t neglect a second look at your exercise and diet as you may be missing some key supplements such as folate or extra iron.

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If you’re new to a healthy lifestyle, that’s okay too. It’s never too late to start making good choices. Some things you can do easily is reducing the amount of caffeine you drink, adding more water, eating extra protein, light exercise (see your midwife or obstetrician for advice), and even getting better (sometimes more) sleep.

You’re going to want to practice relaxation too, as a calm and centered you now, is a warrior when it’s time to push later.

2.       Choose a Midwife or Obstetrician

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Now; we are biased and do love the culture midwives bring to your birth, but there are many great obstetricians we know and love. Our advice; do your research!

You can start by calling your insurance company or visiting their “provider finder” site and making a list of the providers you’d like to interview. You can also check out Yelp and Google for the top midwife or obstetrician in your area.

3.       Find A Doula!

Read these articles if you have questions such as;

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In the meantime, here is a simple way to answer this. Every expecting mother should hire a Birth Doula if possible. Birth Doulas provide necessary support during your pregnancy, and labor, and sometimes postpartum. Your Birth Doula experience is one you won’t regret, and their services can sometimes be covered by your insurance, HAS, or FSA.

To Find A Childbirth Doula Click Here. You can also use Yelp and/or Google to find Doulas in your area. The best Doulas are the ones who you feel a great connection with and are willing to grow their relationship with you… Like A Bradley Method Doula!

4.       Get Your Childbirth Education Classes Scheduled

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You’re probably reading this because it’s your first go around in the baby making business. Don’t worry, there are plenty of caring people who make it their business to teach you anything and everything you need to know.

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A well rounded class like The Bradley Method Of Husband Coached Childbirth will give you the best education on what to expect, healthy diet, labor practice, contraction timing, relaxation, mental and emotional preparedness, and partner (coach) involvement, and much, much more!

Consider booking early, as it gives you more time to practice the skills you’ll learn. If you’d like more information on Childbirth Classes, Click Here.

 

5.       Prepare To Announce The News

Don’t forget to tell dad first! Ha!

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Some moms like to tell their family and friends right away! Making a phone call, sending a text, or posting on social media are great ways to announce. But don’t forget, you only get to share the news for the first time, one time. So think about a cute way you’d like to do it too. You can hire a photographer to shoot some announcement photos, or create a clever card for mailing (Checkout Pinterest For More Ideas).

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You can also wait to announce the news until later. There are many moms that like to wait until their second trimester, and that’s okay too. It’s you and your baby, do what’s right for you.

There are plenty of other things you should also do, but we like to keep things simple here. Some other things we won’t go into detail are, talking about finances, going to the dentist, abstaining from foods or drugs that can negatively affect your baby, buying a car seat, etc.. This article was meant to help you get some of the basic things on your to do list.

If You have any questions about this topic or would like to learn more about natural childbirth, Doulas, Diet, etc., please contact us here, or DM/comment on our Instagram page via @babylovencp.com.

Your Newborn Is Hungry: Foods To Avoid!

Uhm… all of them… ha! But seriously, a newborn baby is going to get everything it needs to grow from breast milk.

No need to feed water or purees; breastmilk has an adaptability factor, which means it changes as you feed to meet your baby’s nutritional needs. Breastmilk comes in three basic stages, Colostrum, Foremilk, and Hindmilk. Each stage has the perfect balance of water, protein, minerals, vitamins, and fats—there is nothing missing from breast milk.

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Breastmilk is even recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics, as the exclusive food source for your baby for at least the first six months. Some mothers may choose to continue breastfeeding even longer with many studies pointing to breastmilk as an integral part of a toddler’s diet. We’ll discuss more about breastmilk in a later blog.

In the meantime, if you’re interested in Breastfeeding Workshops here in Orange County, click the SERVICES LINK HERE, and then click the BREASTFEEDING LINK.

Here is a list of two foods to avoid during the first 12 months, and possibly longer.

Honey

Honey For Infants

Although very nutritious, honey may also harbor bacterium that can lead to infant botulism which can become fatal. It’s not worth the risk while your newborn’s digestive system is still developing. It’s recommended that you avoid feeding your newborn honey for the first year.

Many parents who choose to introduce honey, prefer to offer their toddlers (1year+) raw honey. Raw honey is an unprocessed honey that is known to have more anti-bacterial properties than processed honey.

Cow Milk

Cow Milk For Infants

Yup! What was at one point the normal alternative to breastmilk, is now known to be too harsh for a newborns stomach to digest. Cow’s milk is designed to grow calves into half ton cows in as little as a year—this means that the amount of proteins and fats in cow’s milk is too concentrated for your newborn to digest and may in fact cause kidney damage amongst other future ailments.

Cow’s milk is still regarded for creating healthy bones in growing children, but new studies show that this may not be the case. Do your research before introducing dairy to your child.

If breastmilk is not an option, you may want to research alternatives such as coconut milk, almond milk, supplemented milk/milk formulas.

If you have any questions about Breastfeeding, nutrition during pregnancy, or childbirth classes, please CONTACT US HERE or DM/Comment on our Instagram via @babylovencp

Can I Eat During Labor?

Do I currently have a craving? Is water wet? Do I perform better when I eat? Yes, gosh darn it, yes!

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Eat! Acquire sustenance and fuel your body for the marathon that is labor!

Studies show that eating during labor can help stabilize what your body uses as energy sources (fat, protein, sugar) and can reduce the level of acidity in both your blood and baby’s blood, which WILL lead to more contractions (this is good) and a shorter labor (this is double chocolate chip cookie dough ice-cream good!)

So now you’re probably thinking what you can eat, and how you can sneak double chocolate chip cookie dough ice-cream into your delivery room. Let’s get serious though.

If you’re room or hospital provides you should at least pack a microwave meal or two, but most importantly you should pack snacks that are easy to digest, nutritious, and easy to pack. After all, you might have to be discreet as some Labor and Delivery staffs don’t like mom eating during labor (we’ll get into this on another blog later)

The following is a list of foods you may want to eat during labor:

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Banana: comes with nature’s wrapper and can stay out for long periods of time. Great for increasing blood sugar too!

Berries: they’re tasty, and can be packed in a snack size Ziploc for easy access and disposal.

Baby carrots: they can sometimes come prepackaged and make for a crunchy snack that gets some vitamin A into you too!

Snack bars: Our favorite are the Larabar because they’re whole food based, and pack 28grams of carbs and 4 grams of protein.

Protein bars: Lenny and Larrys cookies are good pick but any easily digestible protein is a sure win.

Popsicles: bring a cooler with an icepack! A great way to hydrate and cool down too.

Peanut Butter: We like Laura Scudder’s Smooth and Unsalted variety, because there is only one ingredient; PEANUTS. Great with the carrot sticks or in a PB&J sandwich.

Trail mix: Whatever your heart desires.

Honey Sticks: easy to open and turns into energy very quickly!

 

DON’T FORGET TO HYDRATE!

Drink plenty of fluids, and have a sippy cup handy. You can fill the cup with water or a sports drink or with ice chips. I recommend going to 7eleven and buying a big gulp (what you fill it with is your choice) and using that as your water or ice chip cup. If you’re in a hospital; your Doula or your partner can ask for it to be filled for them so the staff can’t deny!

And we also can’t forget the postpartum food

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Orange juice (Bradley Method students get this one) and a nutritious high protein, good fat and carb meal such as oatmeal, grilled cheese, or ALT (Avocado, Lettuce, Tomato). After all, you’re going to need the nutrients to recover and as preparation for breast feeding.

As always, if you have questions about what to eat, how to deal with hospital staff, our Doula Services, The Bradley Method, or anything else, please feel free to ask us via contact button or our Instagram: @babylovencp.com