Doula Volunteer Program

Thank you for your interest in our volunteer doula program.
Please apply as soon as you can so we can schedule your telephone interview.
The following is a list of questions commonly asked by individuals seeking the opportunity to help us serve the patients and families at SCVMC.


FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:

A. What are the basic qualifications to apply for the Doula VOLUNTEER  Program at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center (SCVMC)? 

  • Must be at least 18 years old.
  • Must purchase a $20 volunteer jacket
  • Must be a doula or be willing to attend a doula training program.(see information for doula training workshop)
  • Must be available to volunteer 16 hours per month for six consecutive months. 
  • Must be able to provide support for a laboring patient 
  • Will provide comfort measures such as breathing, relaxation, massage, movement, and positioning. 
  • Must be able to communicate effectively with patients, families, visitors, and staff with diverse backgrounds.
  • Proficiency in spoken English. Applicants who are bilingual are strongly encouraged to join our team of helpful volunteers.

B. How do I apply to become a member of the Doula Volunteer Program at SCVMC? 

  1. Complete and submit the following Application Form, Volunteer Agreement Form, Commitment Form and Volunteer Reference Form. (All four documents must be submitted together in order for the application to be processed) 

  2. Download SCVMC Doula Volunteer Application Forms 

  3. Submit completed forms to: ​ 
Mail/In-Person/Drop off: 
Santa Clara Valley Medical Center 
751 S. Bascom Ave., San Jose, CA 95128 
3rd floor main hospital
Labor and Delivery, front desk
Attn: Doula Volunteer Program  

C. What happens after I submit my completed application forms to SCVMC? 

  1. All information submitted on the applications is carefully screened and reviewed by the Doula Program team. 
  2. Qualified applicants are contacted and interviewed by phone. 
  3. Applicants who are selected to participate in this program will be notified by the Doula Program team at SCVMC and invited to attend the next two hour mandatory orientation session.(Orientation sessions are offered once a month.)

D. What happens during the mandatory orientation session? 

Volunteers attend a two hour session during which they learn about:
  • The important role and responsibilities of volunteers at SCVMC.
  • Scheduling and other key communications protocols.
  • SCVMC's mandatory health screening requirements and process.
  • A detailed Health Clearance packet.

E. How do I prepare for the Health Clearance Screening? 

  1. Complete and submit the SCVMC Online Health Survey Form. 
  2. Make an appointment for this screening at SCVMC Employee Health.
  • Please remember to bring the following required information and documents to your scheduled appointment:
    • Completed Health Form Clearance
    • Up-to-date record of immunizations. (You may want to contact your primary care provider for a copy of this information or bring a "yellow card" that lists your immunization history. This would be a record of all immunizations and the date they were administered.)
Please note: Volunteers at SCVMC are required to have an annual TB screening skin test, sometimes referred to as a “PPD” test. If you have received a “PPD” in the past 12 months, please bring documentation that includes, the date the test was performed, the date it was read and the interpretation as determined by a licensed health care provider. If you have not received a PPD in the past 12 months, SCVMC will perform this screening during your Health Clearance Screening appointment.

Please note: All SCVMC volunteers are required to receive an annual flu shot. Please bring documentation of this flu shot, including the date and location it was given. This information may be documented in your immunization record. If you have not received a flu shot in the past 12 months, SCVMC will provide this during your Health Clearance Screening appointment.

F. What happens after I complete my Health Clearance Screening? 

Once the Volunteer Services Program has been notified that the applicant has successfully passed: the Health Clearance Screening, they will contact the applicant to schedule a final appointment for placement and for Security badging at SCVMC. 

G. What do I need to prepare for Badging appointment and Labor and Delivery Orientation? 

  1. Applicants who have successfully submitted all required application documentation and passed the Health Screening Clearance will meet with a member of the Volunteer Services Program team to discuss their interests, skills, availability, and the current needs of the Volunteer Services Program. Based on this discussion, the “new volunteer” will be offered initial placement. See B (above) for more information about placement 
  2. Following the placement interview, “new volunteers” will take a photo for their Volunteer Badge with our Protective Services team. We ask that you bring a photo ID to confirm identification. 

H. Why do I need to have a recent PPD test and flu shot to become a volunteer at SCVMC? 

At SCVMC, patient health and safety are our TOP priority. These screenings ensure that our patients, families, staff, and visitors are protected from exposure to these common community illnesses during their hospital stay.

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