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How to Hire a Doula

DONA certified doulas can be located in over 50 countries worldwide.  Hiring a qualified birth or postpartum doula has never been easier.

Many doulas train with DONA International, but those who earn and maintain our certification are the best of the best. You know that they have received cutting-edge classroom instruction along with invaluable hands-on experience. Not only are they well trained, but our certified doulas also have a strong sense of professionalism and integrity. Look for the words “DONA Certified” when you are seeking out a doula to support you during your birth or after your baby arrives.

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Our credentials are as follows:

  • CD(DONA): DONA Certified Birth Doula
  • AdvCD(DONA): Advanced DONA Certified Birth Doula (learn more)
  • BDT(DONA): DONA Approved Birth Doula Trainer
  • PCD(DONA): DONA Certified Postpartum Doula
  • AdvPCD(DONA): Advanced DONA Certified Postpartum Doula (learn more)
  • PDT(DONA): DONA Approved Postpartum Doula Trainer

Doula Interview

Most doula relationships begin with an interview or initial consult. This is your chance to get to know the doula and find out if they would be a good fit for your family. Many of these questions come up naturally during an interview or consult, but you might want to make sure your conversation touches on the key points below.

What to look for when you hire a doula

Hiring a doula may be one of the most beneficial and important decisions that you’ll make during your pregnancy.

DONA International doulas are well equipped to make the interview and hiring process comfortable and enjoyable for our families.  As you embark on this exciting journey, we encourage you to let your instincts be your guide as you search for the right fit for your family.

Wondering what you should look for when hiring a doula? Here are a few key points that parents consider.

  • Training
  • Certification status
  • Experience
  • Availability
  • Services offered
  • Conversational compatibility
  • Fees
  • General instincts about having the doula in your home or private space

Want more info?  Check out the DONA doula hiring guide for questions to ask a doula and more!

Download Our Hiring Guide

In addition to the topics listed here, you’ll want to ask several specific questions during your interview or doula meet and greet. We invite you to download our DONA doula hiring guide for helpful steps as well as an interactive interview template.


DONA Doula Hiring Guide

“If a doula were a drug, it would be unethical not to use it.”
Dr. John H. Kennell

DONA International Founder