Community Doula Partnership
The Doula Desert Spokane Project
How can doulas of color make a change in spokane to improve outcomes for people of color?
What is a doula?
Sometimes called childbirth attendants, Doulas provide emotional, physical, and educational support to expecting mothers or those who have recently given birth. They stay with the mother throughout labor and may perform home visits after the baby is born. Doulas offer encouragement, advice, and comfort to new mothers.
Providing the mother with emotional, physical, moral, and educational support, especially during times when the father and other close relatives are unavailable.
Listening to the concerns and questions of the mother in a kind, non-judgemental way and offering the best possible advice.
Attending prenatal meetings to get to know the mother and establish her birth preferences and other requirements.
Remaining with the mother throughout labor and providing physical and emotional support during and after childbirth.
Visiting the home of the mother once she has been discharged and assisting with the care of the baby while the mother heals.
Providing practical support and advice to the mother after childbirth, like organizing the nursery, running errands, and assisting with breastfeeding and meal preparation.
Keeping up to date on childbirth support, birthing techniques, and pre and post-natal care by conducting research, networking with other Doulas and mothers, and attending workshops and lectures.
Assisting in whatever way possible to make the transition to motherhood easier.
- Extensive childbirth experience.
- Relevant certification might be required.
- A calming and nurturing presence.
- The ability to answer questions and provide guidance in a non judgemental way.
- A wealth of knowledge on childbirth and pre and post-natal care.
- The ability to remain calm, multitask and provide emotional support.
Exceptional communication and interpersonal skills.
- Finalists will be interviewed by committee
- Must attend monthly meetings
- Must partner with The Learning Project Network and The Shades of Motherhood Network for 2 years.
- Must participate in Spokane's local chapter for doula's of color.
- Must submit reflection form for families who you are providing care for.
- Must partner once a year with a local orgnization.
- Must participate be willing to work in community based project to develop or next steps with the program.
- 10 people of color will be provide scholoraships to provide care to birthing people in the Spokane Community.
- All recipts will recieve funding 2 to 4 weeks after annocument and award letter has been disburisted.
- All funds will be allocated directly to the programs of choice.
- If person quite or drops out the course funding will be requested back within 3 weeks of leaving program.