FAQ: Do we hold "Meet the Doula" nights or "Speed dating for doulas?"
We do not hold these two kinds of events. While they make work for some parents, we have had parents express that it turns into a loud, high pressure type of event to get the "best doula" there. These types of events invite a kind of awkward energy like a jr. high dance - wondering if you will get chosen or if you are going to ask someone to dance but not knowing how to dance yet. Parents have said that the doulas have to spend their time "selling themselves" due to lack of time and they really don't have much interaction and quality time feeling it out for a good fit. We have had parents hire a doula because it looked as if everyone wanted a certain one, they assumed she was the best - only to hire her on the spot and were not happy with the match. Having to ask to get out of a contract and rehire someone else is more stress for the parents and the doula.
A doula interview should be at a location where you, the parents, are the most comfortable and the doula giving is able to give you her full attention. Birth is a most intimate and sacred event for your family - it should be handled as such in all situations and meetings with the woman you are inviting to join you.
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