Offering practical and emotional support to pregnant women six weeks before the birth, during labour and six weeks after the birth, through trained volunteers.
Doula is the Greek word for wise-woman. Acting as a ‘professional friend’, volunteer doulas help women to make positive choices, accompany them to appointments, provide practical support at the birth, build positive relationships with other services and offer emotional support.
The Bradford Doulas support women to make the best choices for themselves and their babies, helping them to achieve a positive birth experience and building their knowledge to enable them to make informed decisions about childbirth, nutrition and breastfeeding. Support from volunteer doulas can also connect families into network of other support services.
Families are carefully matched with volunteer doulas who are best suited to them (dependent on the woman’s needs, requests and circumstances).
• Women who want to become doulas do not need specific qualifications. You will need to demonstrate through the application and interview process that you are committed to complete a 13 week Level 3 training course. • All sessions are compulsory to attend with a Level 3 portfolio to complete at the end which consists of essays, practical work and working in pairs and groups to deliver a presentation. • You must be able to use a computer for both portfolio work and virtual online sessions. • Must have passion for working with women and families, knowledge of pregnancy (non clinical), understand challenges in pregnancy for the most disadvantaged groups. Understand the social impact of childbirth and postpartum stages for women, babies, families and the wider community and society. • As a volunteer must be able to demonstrate commitment to labour support (i.e. do you have your own family support, can you volunteer whilst working (employer support), can you commit to supporting a labour during day and non work hours etc) All these aspects are covered during the Recruitment Open Day. • Willing to support during the pandemic and any future lockdown through social distanced visits with Covid risk assessments in place. • Willing to support women in labour (in hospital or home) during the pandemic and any future lockdowns.
Physically well to support labour (longest period of 8 hours)
- Age restrictions
must be Physically well to support labour (longest period of 8 hours)
- DBS check required
- Equal Opportunities Policy
- Expenses reimbursed
Taxi / bus / refreshments at birth / Doula bag with items free
- Health and Safety Policy
- Ongoing support
x2 Monthly CPD / supervisions during a match and birth support. references for employment and FE
- Training provided
Level 2 and 3 Skills & Education (13 week course)
- Volunteer induction
- Volunteer Policy
Handbook / lone working policy
- Volunteers covered by insurance
Indemnity Insurance covers health and safety of doula volunteering as a doula not independently, The Bradford Doulas course does not accredit trainees to become independent doulas.
- Written role description
When can I volunteer?
• Volunteers offer befriending support and visits during work hours • Labour support requires volunteers to be available on-call for 2 weeks near the estimate due date (EDD). • Attendance at the birth to support women in labour can consist of no more than 8 hours at the hospital or at home and at point of the day or night. • The project have Lone Working Policy in place and security safety processes for when volunteers are out on duty in non working hours.
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