How to Find a Postpartum Doula in Your Area

A family sent me an inquiry to ask if I had doula referrals for Seattle; which inspired me to expand on this list which I wrote in my guide ‘How to Hire a Postpartum Doula.’ 

An internet search

This is how I found my birth doula 12 years ago!  

I went down a google search rabbit hole and discovered two doulas via a parenting forum; one of which was via the Berkeley Parents Network and the other escapes me. 

I met with them both and ultimately chose the doula who had the professional and personal experience to support my vision. 

Cons: This probably isn’t a great way to find a doula if you prefer personal referrals.  

Pros: This is a great way to find a doula if you don’t mind checking references and taking time for an in-depth meet and greet. 

I also highly recommend investing in a consultation; my clients find it’s money well spent.  They get to ask questions related to their needs versus the generalities which are found on FAQ, for example. 

Referrals from friends who’ve used a postpartum doula

Many families find a doula through friends.  

A personal referral from a trusted friend offers an opportunity to find out what it’s like to work with a particular caregiver from someone you know and already trust.

It also gives a well rounded picture of how the doulas skills and services translate into a beneficial experience for your family. 

Cons:  If you and your friend aren’t on the same wavelength in regards to parenting philosophies, you may find the doula isn’t the right fit.  

Pros: You know the doula is great because your friend probably wouldn’t refer someone with whom they didn’t have a great experience.

How does one find a postpartum doula?Ask your childbirth educator

This is how I discovered my pediatrician.  

Most childbirth educators have an exhaustive list of providers related to pregnancy, postpartum and newborns; pediatricians, lactation consultants, massage therapists, perinatal psychologists, Mommy and Me groups and doulas. 

Cons: It’s possible they refer you to someone who they’ve referred others to without much consideration; who is nice and professional, but isn’t the right fit for your family.  

Pros: You’re receiving a referral from a trusted professional who more than likely is referring to care providers they have vetted. 

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How to Hire a Postpartum Doula

How to Hire a Postpartum Doula

What is a postpartum doula? 

A postpartum doula is a trained professional who provides non-medical, emotional, physical and educational support to families welcoming home a new baby.

How does one find a postpartum doula?

  • An Internet search or social media
  • Referrals from friends who’ve used a postpartum doula
  • Calling a doula organization to find a doula in your area
  • Asking your midwife, obstetrician, pediatrician, childbirth educator or lactation consultant for referrals

 How to Hire a Postpartum Doula

Should one hire a postpartum doula?

Yes, absolutely! Postpartum doula support enhances all postpartum experiences.

For first time parents, a postpartum doula is a solid resource to guide them through every step of welcoming their baby home.

Even for parents who are confident with newborn care, second time parents and those who have been around babies, the presence of a doula provides educational support.  Having a doula also provides reassurance, as well as, tips for recovery from birth and breastfeeding support.

When parents experience a challenging postpartum journey due to a traumatic birth or pregnancy complications, a doula with that specialty will guide the family.  Doulas employ the method of physical in-home support to ensure all family members are well rested and draw wisdom from educational resources while providing emotional reassurance.

How long should one hire a doula? 

Postpartum Doulas typically provide care from birth through 12 weeks.

Some believe it’s beautiful for families welcoming a new baby to have support during this time; I would agree.

This is what I tell my friends…

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