This Doula Directory lists ‘Celebration of Birth’ Doulas who have completed their training, as well as Trainee Doulas who offer their services in exchange for the opportunity to support at your birth.
Many Doulas have skills in other areas, such as massage, naturopathy or pre-natal yoga. Engaging a Trainee Doula is an opportunity for you to benefit from her other expertise as well as receiving birth support.
Most Doulas offer an initial (obligation free) meeting to get to know each other – at this meeting you can ask her about her experience, her beliefs around birth and an outline of the services she provides. It’s a good idea to meet more than one Doula before making your decision.