By choosing an Alimus doula, you can be ensured that your doula has had an excellent training, extensive experience, is receiving continuous training, and is a good match for your indicated circumstances and preferences. You also have the advantage of having all key information at your fingertips on the Alimus portal and central support when you need it. This means – instead of having to start with the basics to check off that your doula is qualified to be at your birth, figure out pricing and their offering – you are able to jump right to the critical questions that will help you determine if your Alimus doula and you are the right personality match.
We can’t emphasize it enough – interviewing your doula before confirming your doula selection is really, really important. Though training, experience, and education are key components, it is critical that you and your Alimus doula have a personal connection and can establish trust so that you will feel supported, at ease, and receive the best support. It is up to you if you feel a video call may be sufficient or if you prefer to meet in person to get to know one another live. To help you structure your interview, Alimus has put together some of the most commonly asked questions that can help get you started when interviewing your Alimus doula:
- What is your philosophy on birth? How do you work with birthing families before, during and after birth?
- What techniques and methods would you use to help me through labor and birth?
- Is there anything you do not readily support during labor, like epidural, cesarean, induction?
- Could you share with me a few stories about the births you have been part of?
- How do you involve and include my partner during labor and birth?
- How do you work with hospital staff and/or doctors?
- What do you bring with you to a birth? Is there anything you’d expect us to have on hand or available?
- Why did you choose to become a doula? What do you like about it most?
- Do you have any strong held opinions on anything like circumcision, or vaccinations that would prevent you to be 100% supportive during my birth experience or afterwards?
Please feel free to ask any other questions that would allow you to get to know your doula better.