What is a doula?
A doula is a trained professional that provides physical, emotional, and informational 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?
In addition to the knowledge that you have helped families have the best possible birth experience, 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 (fulfills the ICEA Doula Training and Support Workshop requirement)
Labor support experience
Required childbirth classes
Mentorship from seasoned doulas and nurses as you work through the certification process.
All of this will be provided at no cost to the volunteer doula, a benefit that is unique to Woodland Memorial Hospital.
How do I apply?
Complete this online application.
For more information about our doula program, please contact Bonita Broughton, Community Women's Health Program Coordinator at [email protected].
*For more information on ICEA Birth Doula certification, please visit icea.org.