Choosing a Doula
Doulas come in all shapes, sizes, and ideals. Every family can benefit from the services of a doula, but having the right doula for you can make a tremendous difference. Take some time to meet with more than one. This is the one time in your experiences with Irish maternity services where YOU get to choose who will be with you on the big day. It’s not unusual for a Mother to come into contact with 30 different members of hospital staff during her pregnancy.
Talk to each doula about their philosophy around birth, their experience and training. Are they members of the Doula Association of Ireland? Read any agreements/contracts carefully. Some doulas include a time limit on support in labour. If your labour goes over that time period you are billed at a higher rate. Find someone you ‘click’ with and meet their backup doula.