Some people know they are going to hire a doula before they even get pregnant. Others don’t hear about doulas until they’re 8 months along. Sometimes, especially in Alberta, people worry that it’s as hard to get a doula as it is to get a midwife (Have no fear! It isn’t).
The short answer? you can hire a doula Anytime!
We’ve had some clients take a home pregnancy test, and then call us. We’ve had some clients hire us after their estimated due date. And once, we had a client hire us when they were already in labor!
HERE ARE SOME THINGS TO CONSIDER ABOUT WHEN TO HIRE YOUR DOULA:
1st Trimester: Sometimes it helps to wait until you’re through the 1st trimester. For many women, the 1st trimester is a tough one. You’re just starting to wrap your head around the fact that your body is in the process of building a mini you.
You may feel really sick and you may be adjusting to a level of exhaustion that you’ve never experienced before. You may be researching and deciding on a maternity care provider and just beginning to explore your birth options. There's a lot going on! It’s okay to bump this to-do down the list a little bit and give yourself some breathing room.
2nd Trimester: The vast majority of our clients interview and hire us at some point during the second trimester. You may find you have a sudden increase in energy levels, nausea is usually on the down swing, and some of the bigger decisions about your birth such as who your care provider will be and where you will be giving birth have likely been made.
You may have started your childbirth classes and are starting to get a sense of how you would like your big day to go. You may have a better idea of what kind of support, exactly, you are looking for.
Being hired during the 2nd trimester gives us plenty of time to get to know you, your partner, and your hopes for your birth and postpartum period. Together, we get to build a strong foundation for a trusting and respectful relationship.
3rd Trimester: But let’s say you don’t even hear about doulas until your 3rd trimester. Or maybe something major has shifted between when you first found out you were pregnant and today that made you realize doula support would be incredibly valuable for you.
Give us a call! If we’re available we will pull out all the stops to make sure you have the support you need and deserve. If we aren’t available, we will make sure you are connected to a doula or two that is available for your due date.
Yup, that's exactly what we mean.
When did you hire your doula? Did the timing work well for you? What would you do differently next time?
Rachel is a DONA International Certified Birth Doula, Birthing From Within mentor, and mother of three. She is passionate about helping women and their partners discover their own inner strength and wisdom so that they can begin their parenting journey with confidence. With a focus on supporting her clients as they determine what their own priorities and preferences are for their birth while giving them the tools they need to realize those priorities, she feels fortunate to witness her clients come into their own and become their own best advocates.