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What is a doula?
A doula is a trained professional that provides physical and emotional support to a woman and her support team during labor and birth. Doulas recognize that birth is a beautiful experience that will be valued for a lifetime.
Who can be a doula?
A doula is someone with a desire to help support mothers during this wonderful time of their lives. Experience supporting laboring women is helpful, but not required. Selected doulas must pass a medical screening and background check. We are looking for a diverse group of volunteers to support the families in our community.
What is the commitment for a volunteer doula?
Volunteers agree to be on-call for a minimum of 16 hours per month. Additionally, they must attend a two-day orientation and training, as well as monthly meetings. Our doulas will also have the opportunity to participate in outreach events in the community. Doulas make a one-year commitment to working as a volunteer doula, although we hope that many will continue in the program and potentially serve as mentors to the new doulas.
What do doulas get in return?
Doulas in our program will be eligible for certification through the International Childbirth Education Association (ICEA) after completion of the one-year commitment, which includes:
- 16 hours of classroom training
- Labor support experience
- Required childbirth classes
- Mentorship from seasoned doulas and nurses
All of this will be provided at no cost to the volunteer doula.
Certified Baby Friendly
Mercy Hospital of Folsom is a certified Baby Friendly hospital. For more information, visit DignityHealth.org/MercyFolsom. For more information on ICEA Birth Doula certification, visit icea.org.
How do I apply?
Download and complete the Doula application and submit to [email protected]. For more information about our program, please contact Olivia Reed, ICBD, CD(DONA) at [email protected].