Delivery doulas are not just for supporting natural or home births, or even only first-time births.  A good delivery doula should be able to support any type of birth you want to have.  Your provider may actually have a list of doulas they regularly work with. Here are reasons I recommend getting one if you can:

  • Actually meet with you to listen to your personal goals and concerns before your delivery
  • Advocate for you during your labor and delivery
  • Support your support team (partner or whoever) so they are not overwhelmed since no matter what, they have no idea what’s about to happen either
  • Provide continuity of care during your labor and delivery since you have no idea how long it is going to take
  • Someone on your team who is likely already familiar with the hospital and staff where you are delivering
  • Be available for personal communication (email, texts) and questions leading up to your delivery

Here are some sample interview questions:


  • Are you available for projected due date?
    • If yes, how do you handle back-up if you are unavailable the day of the birth?
  • Do you only provide labor and birth doula services or do you also provide any lactation support or postpartum doula services?
  • Do you have a cap on the maximum hours of labor support you provide? If the cap is reached, what happens?
  • Covid – Are you vaccinated? Are you comfortable masking full-time indoors if requested?
  • Cost of delivery support? What is or is not included in that cost?

Birth Planning

  • What are your tactics for supporting the type of delivery I’m hoping for? (medicated, unmedicated, etc)
  • How have you / would you approach unplanned c-section or other interventions if required?
  • What planned touchpoints should I expect before/during/after the birth?
  • Do you have experience assisting with births at <delivery location>? Are you familiar with my specific provider? (OBGYN or midwife team)
  • How do you support laboring at home before going to the hospital?

Doula Experience, Style, Approach

  • Why did you become a doula?
  • How would you describe your approach
  • How long have you been a doula and how many births have you assisted with?

To note, you may be going through agency or working directly with an individual 1:1.  The most important thing is that you feel like you and your individual doula are a good fit since you’re about to trust them with a very personal and intense experience.

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