I have been asked on more than one occasion, "What if I get an epidural? How will you support us if I choose to get an epidural?" I've also been told, "I don't need a doula, I just want to get an epidural and be done with it.".... A doula should be able to support you physically and emotionally, should offer partner support and educational information and advocacy, no matter the birth plan.
So you've decided to hire a doula! Next, you'll arrange for a consultation aka an interview. This interview is a great opportunity for you (and your partner!) to not only get to know the services the doula offers, but also who the doula is and how well they will work with you through this very special time.