This will look different for everyone because we all have different needs and wants, but here are some of my suggestions.
Experience can be important, but shouldn’t necessarily be a deal breaker. It depends on what you’re looking for and what brings value and comfort to YOUR birth or postpartum experience. When shopping around for a birth product or service, you may find lots of experienced doulas, but don’t rule out those who are fresh out of training! The new doulas have the same basic training and are often fresh with excitement and current knowledge.
What is your doula’s philosophies about pregnancy, birth and parenting? Does she bring her personal philosophies into her professional workplace? Does she see pregnancy, birth and parenting as black and white with only right or wrong choices? Does she check her philosophies at the door in order to be able to support you in the way you desire?
Do you connect. This. Is. Important. Your doula can have all the experience in the world and she may share your parenting philosophies or can check hers at the door, but do you connect with her? Can you build a relationship of trust and support with her?D
Does she run her business professionally? Does she see you as a valuable client? Does she have contracts in place? Does she conduct herself in a professional matter? Does she have backups in place?
When you hire me, I will support you and your decisions. That’s my ultimate job. I have no agenda or personal bias as to what your birth and postpartum journey should look like.