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Labor Doulas: Part Three-How to Hire a Doula

Part 3: How to Hire a Doula

The first hurdle in hiring the right doula is finding doulas!  Thankfully there are resources that make it much easier to find a skilled doula.  First, ask your friends and family.  Word of mouth is usually the best resource.  Your healthcare provider’s office would be a good place to ask too.  Midwifery practices usually have doulas they recommend or work with.

There is a wonderful search website www.doulamatch.net that matches you up with a doula according to your location and due date. On Doula Match you can search through doula’s profiles which contain information about their services and fees, availability and testimonials from clients.  Most doulas have a website and offer additional services like photography, childbirth classes, breastfeeding support and baby wearing education.

Here at Annie’s Nannies we can place a wonderful postpartum doula for your needs after the birth of baby.  A postpartum doula helps with newborn care, breastfeeding, night time coverage, cooking and chores during the first weeks after the birth or whenever you chose to hire her.  You can inquire with us for more information on postpartum doulas. 

We recommend contacting at least 3 to 5 doulas to make initial contact with.  Email is fine but, talking with a doula over the phone is better because it’s a great way to find out if you would like to set up an interview with her.  Interview a few doulas so that you can maximize your chances of finding somebody you are comfortable with and click with.

Most doulas will bring information about their services to the interview but, it’s always a good idea to bring notes from your conversation with her over the phone or printed from her website.  Here are some topics you can ask her about during the interview:

  • Training, certification and experience (don’t discount doulas who are not certified, there are a lot of very talented doulas out there who chose not to become certified)
  • Fees and contract, availability and meetings
  • Birth philosophy and personal convictions about being a doula
  • Amount of births attended and the variety of births attended
  • Support of husband/partner and roles
  • Postpartum availability
  • Additional services she provides like photography, belly casting, childbirth classes

You should have a good idea of the doula you want to go with after the interviews are over.  Sometimes you find the right doula on the first interview.  Sometimes it might take a while to find the right doula.  Get a start in your 2nd trimester and you will be sure to find the right match!

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Annie’s Nannies Donation Drive for WestSide Baby

Annie’s Nannies feels strongly about supporting the community we live in.  This November/December we will be collecting items for WestSide Baby.  WestSide Baby is a nonprofit organization that collects previously owned items for children and babies and distributes them free of charge to South King County families in need.  The item most needed is diapers, but they collect everything children and babies may need.  If you would like to help us with our drive here are the details:
 
  • WHAT:  Diapers of all sizes, newborn-12 year clothing, with a major need for WINTER COATS and warm PAJAMAS and PANTS. For a complete list of donatable items click here.
  • WHERE: Please bring items to Annie’s Nannies office in Ballard at 2236 NW 58th St. Suite 101.  OR click here for a list of drop-off sites near you. Let us know if you take items directly to WestSide Baby!
  • WHEN: Please donate items by December 15th, for distribution by the holidays.

 Additional Drop Off Sites:

  • Fauntleroy Church & YMCA 9140 California Ave SW – West Seattle
  • Childish Things 1002 Holman Road NW – North Seattle
  • Little Gym of WS 7025 California Ave SW – West Seattle
  • Burien Community Center 14700 6th Avenue SW – Burien

 THANK YOU from the Annie’s Nannies Team!

 

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