Assist families in initiating and strengthening the parent-child relationship prenatally.
Provide information, education and resources that will prepare the parent and her family for the birth process during home visits.
Attend and support the laboring mother and her family or support person(s).
Assist parents in improving their skills so as to optimize the bonding and attachment of the parent(s) to child and child to parent.
Facilitates and advocates in strengthening the family’s support system.
Increase the family’s ability to problem solve and advocate for themselves and their children,especially during the birth process.
Identify needs and refer families to additional community resources, including health care and other basic necessities.
Responsible for assisting families in establishing goals and a birth plan for accomplishing those goals.
Suggest, lead and model parent/child activities.
Conduct outreach activities and educate the community.* Visits mother and baby in the home environment within 24 hours of discharge after delivery.
Maintain postpartum contact for six to twelve weeks post delivery at least once a week, plus regular phone contact and supports breast feeding and infant care as well as provide support to the new mom.
Maintain logs, documentation and data collection indicated for Doula Program. Completes standard form for each visit, documenting the services provided and educational items discussed with the client on the checklist. Take notes on client’s overall emotional state and keeps track of time spent on each visit.
Maintain confidentiality of client contact and documentation.
Attends all required job related meetings and contribute feedback as it relates to program development and implementation.
Maintain daily contact with supervisor regarding caseload and scheduling of home visits.
Other duties as assigned.
Bachelor’s Degree in Social Service, Psychology, Early Childhood Development or equivalent experience.
Must have strong written and verbal communication skills.
Must be on-call 24/7 to participant families.
Must have dependable transportation, valid driver’s license and proof of auto insurance.
Must have completed the Doula 20-session training program or must complete the 20-session training within 3 months of employment.
Computer literacy is essential.
Must be able to climb stairs and move in and out of clients homes in all weather.
Ability to deal with high levels of stress.
Must be able to lift and hold children 3 years and under.