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Birth and Breastfeeding: Choosing to Use a Doula

In honor of World Doula Week, we wanted to give you some information to help you if you choose to use a Doula.  DONA international is the official certification organization for a professional doula.  According to DONA, the word "doula" comes from the ancient Greek meaning "a woman who serves" and is now used to refer to a trained and experienced professional who provides continuous physical, emotional and informational support to the mother before, during and just after birth; or who provides emotional and practical support during the postpartum period.
   Here are some tips for questions to ask a potential doula:
1.  Are you certified by DONA?  This is the official organization certifying doulas.
2.  What are your professional credentials?  They should be CD or PCD
3.  Are you affiliated with a hospital?  This is a red flag as you want the doula on your side and not siding with the hospital or birth facility if  your birth plan comes into question.
4.  Do yo…