When you are hiring a professional doula, birth worker or placenta encapsulation specialist they should ask you to sign a contract or agreement. If they don't, ask them why they don't have one.
Contracts set out the obligations of both parties so that everyone is clear on what is expected, help to lesson potential misunderstandings and defines responsibility on both sides.
Here is a list of things you can check when looking for someone to support you during your pregnancy, birth and postpartum:
Remember that while birth-work is a heart calling for many of us and a job we love, it is still a business that needs to be run with sustainability. Would you ask other service providers like your hairdresser, mechanic or dentist for that discount, extra service for free or forget to pay them all of their fee they have worked hard for?
Kelly Harper is the owner of Elemental Beginnings Postnatal Services in Adelaide,
She provides placenta encapsulation and in-home support to families in their fourth trimester.