Hello! I am hitting week 16 of my pregnancy, and I am thinking that I would like to find a doula. I love my SO immensely, but he and I agreed that he would not make the ideal birth coach. I would prefer for him to be standing by my side with no responsibilities for our baby's delivery (he may have to leave at some point - he is squeamish, and I don't want to be angry or hurt if we needs to step away). I want a professional who I know I can count on for coaching and support, and I really want a female to help me. I don't have any nearby family, so that is not an option for us.
I am not sure how to go about finding a doula, nor do I know what questions to ask. I know we have a few ladies out here who are doulas, and others who have used one or are planning to use one. Any advice on finding a doula and the questions I should be asking would be greatly appreciated! Also, I am not sure if I should start my search now or wait until I am further along.