The sooner, the better! If you already know that you want to include a doula on your birth support team, it's a good idea to book as soon as you've made your decision. My calendar may fill quickly, and there may not be space if you choose to wait! Not only does early booking secure your doula, but it also gives you even longer to benefit from prenatal doula support, begin learning and planning, and for us to really get to know each other well before your big day. Usually, around 19-23 weeks is a great time to hire your doula.
Doulas support ALL births. Doulas do not have any agenda and offer non-judgmental support.
A doula's job is to help you make choices that are right for you - what those choices end up
being are not important, so long as they are yours. Doulas are trained to support all kinds of
births - at home, in the hospital, with midwives or doctors, medication free or with pain
medication, vaginal or caesarean.