The early weeks of pregnancy are fragile—and confusing. Here, the answers to your questions.
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It’s also important to ask a doula whether she has been trained to follow certain professional standards and protocols, says Ann Grauer, president of Doulas of North America, an organization that certifies and educates doulas, training them to provide only emotional support. But ultimately, paying attention to your gut feeling is the most important precaution. If you’re not comfortable with a doula in the interview, chances are you—and others—won’t feel at ease with her in the delivery room, either.