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Community Doula
Job Code:2022-GB-002
Salary Range:$17.00-$21.25
  

The Community Doula is a specially trained paraprofessional whose primary job is to support expectant mothers and their families. Community Doulas receive intensive training on Doula services, breastfeeding, and home visiting. Doula services include educating expectant mothers about the birthing experience while promoting and supporting breastfeeding. The doula is expected to provide services in a variety of home settings with a flexible schedule that will meet the varied needs of the family. Doulas also conduct prenatal groups and provide high quality prenatal information. The doula is present at the birth to support mother and her family. Doulas require a very flexible schedule and the stamina to be present for extended periods of time at birth. The Doula works with expectant mothers and their families who live in Peoria and Tazewell Counties.


Job Function:

Provides intensive, community-based, supportive services to expecting families and their babies.  The Doula assists parents in improving support, provides education about the importance of prenatal care and helping parents develop a birth plan in preparation for the delivery and care of their baby. The Doula is expected to meet the parents at the hospital (24/7) to assist them by providing support, comfort measures during labor, and advocacy, if necessary. After delivery of the baby, the Doula assists the parents with feeding the baby, the follow-up of neonatal care and assists with strengthening the parent child bond. Doulas will have a strong knowledge of community resources to provide linkage and support to expectant mothers and their families. Doulas are required to attend a minimum number of births per year based on funder expectations. Doulas complete all required trainings, including DONA certification and lactation consultation. Doula will maintain required certifications.  Doula’s plan, facilitate and document prenatal group sessions for program and community expectant mothers and their support person.  


Qualifications:
  • Bi-lingual in Spanish/English, written and spoken.
  • GED or High School diploma minimum.
  • Ability to successfully complete Doula training. Model specific training may require overnight travel.
  • Experience in community-based services preferred.
  • Maturity and successful experience working with families, teens, pregnancy, and babies.
  • Ability to relate to families from a strength-based model.
  • Ability to work independently and as an active team member.
  • Ability to provide accurate, nonbiased childbirth education that is individualized and accessible to each parent.
  • Ability to create and implement birth plans with all expectant mothers.
  • Develop and maintain partnerships with health care providers and health care entities.
  • Provide advocacy for and to program families, including culturally sensitive information and referral resources.
  • Ability to link families to postpartum services for continued support as needed.
  • Demonstrates maturity and sensitivity to cultural and individual differences in child and family services.
  • Ability to handle job related matters in a professional, diplomatic, and confidential manner.
  • Effective written and oral communication skills.
  • Hearing and speaking ability to allow for effective oral communication of information.
  •  Physical and emotional stamina to handle job related issues.

Benefits & Pay:

  • PTO (paid-time-off) accrual 3 weeks first year (full-time)
  • 10 paid holidays
  • Sick Leave accrual 12 days per year (full-time)
  • Medical, vision, and dental insurance
  • Flexible Spending Account
  • 401K with company match
  • Company paid life insurance, STD and LTD
  • Supplemental life insurance