I just got done interviewing my second doula. I don’t think I’m going to interview any more; either of these would make for a fine doula. Here’s what both provide:
- Doula support services during the birth: pain management through massage, counterpressure, aromatherapy, soft music, emotional support, etc.
- Basic lactation support
- Both are very friendly and easy to get along with
- Both offer additional contracts for postpartum doula services if I decide that I want those later on
- Both seem to love birth and being a part of the birth experience
PROS for Doula #1:
- Her services seem more clearly laid out and structured
- Seems more knowledgeable & experienced
- Includes professional birth photography in her services; provides a picture book at the postpartum visit
- Services include one more prenatal visit than Doula #2
- Seems interested in religion (this is always a plus with me)
CONS for Doula #1:
- Is $400 more expensive than Doula #2
- Is not as familiar with the hospital I want to labor at as Doula #2
PROS for Doula #2:
- Knows the hospital that I want to labor at well, knows the staff there, maybe even has met my doctor already
- Is $400 cheaper than Doula #1
CONS for Doula #2:
- Is willing to take amateur snapshots with our own camera, but is not a professional photographer
- Includes one less prenatal visit in her services than Doula #1
I’m leaning towards Doula #1 in spite of the higher price tag. While the cons balance each other out, she has more pros. I could certainly buy a lot of baby stuff with an extra $400, but I’d also really like professional birth photography, and hiring even a cheap birth photographer would probably be another $200-$300, and then I’d have another person in the labor and delivery room. For the record, Doula #1 has 14 years of experience, while Doula #2 has 2 years of experience.
I know I have fewer regular readers than I can count on one hand, but any feedback?