If you are thinking to hire a Doula in Barcelona but you have a lot of doubts… Maybe I can help you!
Start with thinking about what you want from your doula.
Reassurance? Physical support and comfort during labor? Specialized expertise in attending twin births or vaginal birth after cesarean? Knowing what you want is the first step to making sure you get it! Likewise, a good doula finds out what you want and works toward that, instead of offering a “one size fits all” service.
Start by asking your care provider if she can recommend any labor support professionals she enjoys working with. If your OB hasn’t worked with a doula before, talking about why you want to hire one can help start a discussion of the type of birth you hope to have. Many care providers welcome the extra support a doula can provide.
When you meet with a doula, have a list of questions to ask her.
Try to think of questions that will give you an insight into how she supports women such as asking her what she enjoys most about her work and what she finds most challenging.
The most important step in hiring a doula is the interview. You can invite a potential candidate to your house or meet her in a public space, but consider it your opportunity to learn as much as you can about her. Ask her why she became a doula, how many pre- and postnatal home visits are included in the service (two or three visits is standard), and about the fee. Discuss medications during delivery, breastfeeding, and the type of care provider you plan to use for your birth. Most important, you should make sure that you feel comfortable with your doula, as you’ll be with her through one of the most stressful–and amazing–times in your life.
And if you are looking for a Doula in Barcelona, don’t hesitase to contact me! I would be glad to help you!