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Some good reading and some questions you can ask!

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Here is some good reading about Doulas:
  • The Birth Partner by Penny Simkin, PT, CD(DONA)
  • The Birth Book by Dr. William and Martha Sears, RN IBCLC
  • Special Women, Polly Perez
  • Mothering the Mother: How a Doula Can Help You Have a Shorter, Easier & Healthier Birth by John H. Kennell , Phyllis H. Klaus , Marshall H. Klaus
  • "The Whole Nine Months," Parenting, Gayle Pryor, May 1992, p34.
  • Active Birth by Janet Balaskas
  • Good Birth, Safe Birth by Diana Korte and Roberta Scaer
  • Natural Childbirth the Bradley Way by Susan McCuthcheon
  • Silent Knife: Cesarean Prevention & VBAC by Nancy Wainer Cohen & Lois Estner
  • Open Season: A Survival Guide for Natural Birth and VBAC in the 90's by Nancy Wainer Cohen
  • Obstetric Myths Versus Research Realities by Henci Goer
  • Natural Birth After Cesarean: A Practical Guide by Johanne C. Walters , Karis Crawford
  • Easing Labor Pain by Adrienne Lieberman
  • Rebounding From Childbirth: Towards Emotional Recovery by Lynn Madsen

  • Here are some questions you can ask a prospective Doula:

    • Is she certified?
    • Does she provide prenatal and/or postpartum visits?
    • What can you expect during these visits, if offered?
    • How many births has she attended?
    • Can she provide references?
    • What form of training has she had?
    • What types of births has she witnessed (Cesarean, epidural, intervention free, VBAC, teen birth, etc.)?
    • Her fee? And does she have a sliding scale or other arrangements available?
    • Has she ever worked with your care provider or at your place of birth?
    • Does she has back-up arrangements available?
    • What will her role be in early labor?
    • Will she provide labor support at your home prior to going to the place of birth?
    • Is she familiar with many methods of childbirth?
    • How does she define her role during labor and birth?

    You and your partner really need to like the prospective doula




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