Volunteer doulas provide birthing women with emotional and physical support throughout their labor, suggest comfort measures, explain practices and procedures to allow for informed decision making and advocate for the mother’s wishes. The expectant mothers are Community of Hope of patients. Doulas sign-up for on-call availability and work closely with COH’s midwives.
Community of Hope does not provide doula training.
Family Health and Birth Center, Washington Hospital Center
Completion of doula training class (e.g. DONA, ALACE, CAPPA, SMC Full Circle Doula Birth Companion Training, Birthing from Within, etc.)
Volunteers sign-up for on-call availability; doulas must commit to at least two 12-hour shifts per month (e.g. 8am-8pm; 8pm-8am).
- Volunteer Orientation
- Doula questionnaire
- Liability Waiver
- National criminal background check
- Annual TB test
- Hep B vaccination
- Certificate from doula training
- HIPAA training
- Mandatory Reporter training
- OB/GYNs and Midwives are not permitted to volunteer as doulas with Community of Hope
- Nurses and some other medical professionals will need to speak with midwife prior to onboarding as a volunteer