Reasons To Hire

8 Reasons to Hire a Birth Doula

1. This is your first baby
2. You expect to have a normal birth
3. Your primary caregiver is a doctor or obstetrician
4. You anticipate being alone at birth (no partner or family member to attend)
5. You feel anxious or fearful about your upcoming birth
6. You believe you may have difficulty coping with pain
7. You feel that you and your partner will benefit from additional support
8. You desire a positive birth memory

8 Reasons to Hire a Postpartum Doula

1. This is your first baby
2. You expect to have a cesarean birth
3. You have several young children at home already and are concerned about their needs
4. You anticipate being alone after birth (no partner or family member to help at home)
5. You feel anxious or fearful about early parenthood
6. You have a strong desire to be successful with breastfeeding or are worried about being successful
7. You feel that you and your partner will benefit from additional support
8. You or your family members have a history of postpartum depression

Adapted from “8 reasons to hire a doula” by Michelle Dennill, CD (DONA) © 2008

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