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May 30th, 2009, 04:20 PM
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Okay...I am thinking of hireing a birth doula. My main reason is to help with breastfeeding because I have a very hard time with my son. Then behind that is because I do not want to have any pain meds this time.

What questions should I ask when I meet her?
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May 31st, 2009, 06:34 AM
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I'm not a huge proponent of lots of questions- just ask what is important to you.

Def ask about experience attending births at your birthplace,
what her BF assistance includes and what BF training she has had....
What comfort measures she uses to help you through your labor- she should be able to easily list 10+

After that- just make sure you are a good fit and feel like her support will be valuable to you.
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May 31st, 2009, 07:02 AM
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Hmmmm. I just looked for someone i felt comfortable with in person. She was very experienced and active in the NCB community as well as a certified lactation consultant. I was not concerned about breastfeeding, but that was a bonus for me and she did help me right after the baby was born with breastfeeding and has answered a lot of my questions since for me

Good luck. I loved having my doula with me, it was priceless.
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May 31st, 2009, 10:34 AM
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One thing that as important for me was that she has helped with deliveries at my birth center many times before.

Once I knew she was well qualified it was just about whether or not I felt comfortable with her. I hope this helps!! I know it's not too detailed.
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May 31st, 2009, 12:02 PM
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Definitely make sure you're comfortable with her above asking a ton of questions. Although definitely ask questions that are important to you as well. Your conversation with her should flow pretty naturally if she knows her stuff and if it's a good match
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May 31st, 2009, 04:01 PM
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another good thing is to make sure she is a good listener. I think that is very important to me when picking my own doula. It shows how adaptable she is to different things and that she pays attention to what is going on, which will help her be an effective labor support.
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May 31st, 2009, 06:48 PM
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AND makes sure you SO feels comfortable with her!
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