In spite of all the training and experience that I have listed above, I would caution anybody who is reading this page to get in touch with me or hire me purely on the basis of how long I've been doulaing and what I have experienced. The most important factor when it comes to finding your perfect doula is that you feel a strong connection with them; that you click with each other. Let me say that again.
The MOST important factor when finding your perfect doula is that you feel a strong connection with them.
Your perfect doula is someone who really gets you, where you're coming from and where you're going. That person may have been doulaing for 20 years, or may have only done a handful of births. This may even be their first birth. There are always going to be things that a doula has not experienced before - whether that be more rare complications like postpartum psychosis or a relatively common occurrence like a scan suggesting a baby is "too big" or "too small" - and it is much easer to navigate the maze of the maternity system with someone who you feel a strong bond to than someone who you don't.
So whilst it may be reassuring to know that your doula has experience supporting families who have conceived using IVF or are expecting twins, that experience will not make up for a lack of connection if you and your doula don't really gel that well with each other.