1. Sydney Harvey

    YES. Their philosophy on birth and what they deem to be acceptable, normal, common, their views on their role, what they bring to the table, all of these things are imperative in selecting birth witnesses, in whatever capacity they serve.

    1. Dani Lasher, Childbirth Educator

      I’ve known many doulas one particular who have struggled with this when it comes to interventions. It can be hard for some of them to serve both in-hospital and out/of-hospital clients. It seems more prevalent in small towns but more or less, some have had issues with client word of mouth. For example, if they attend a number of hospital births or help women who birth medicated then many moms who want the opposite of that assume the doula’s beliefs just don’t jive with their own

      1. Sydney Harvey

        Yeah, that’s why it’s important to ask people directly. I know that for me personally, I would probably not hire a doula that mostly attends hospital births. Actually, I know that i really wouldn’t unless I spoke to her and we just really connected. My doula for this birth will attend the hospital but only in the case of end of pregnancy changes/transfers. She doesn’t accept clients that plan a hospital birth, usually. Honestly I don’t want people in my space that aren’t familiar and comfortable with physiological birthing. And if you’re mostly in the hospital, it’s really going to be hard to see birth that way.

        1. Dani Lasher, Childbirth Educator

          That totally makes sense to me. Just like home birth midwives are far more adept generally at supporting women in birth without management than hospital midwives even. We are a result of our experiences

  2. Elizabeth Vallejos

    Yes! Sydney said it really well. Philosophy on birth, overall health, labor/delivery, etc. are so important! To a degree, I would say religious/spiritual beliefs could play a role, but that’s more a person by person thing. Some people are more sensitive or more open about certain things and that might cause some friction in the relationship, one way or the other, if mother and doula/other provider are on different pages.

  3. Sarah Jones

    I think in regards to a midwife’s philosophy on birth it is extremely important. I think it’s important for a doula to be able to competently support a hospital, birth center, or home birth. I think my most important qualification for a doula would be that regardless of their personal beliefs can they respect MINE and be that vessel to hold space and be supportive for whatever choices may have to be made in the labor and birth space. And provide adequate resources if asked.

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