Doula Volunteer Program
WHAT IS A DOULA? WHAT DO DOULAS DO, AND WHY ARE THEY IMPORTANT?
A doula is a trained, non-medical birth professional who provides physical, emotional, and psychological support to birthing persons/birthing families. Doulas provide support during labor, birth, and early postpartum.
(For example, doulas may help with breathing and relaxation techniques, managing pain and stress, listening and encouragement, etc.)
Studies have shown that doula support can lead to more positive birth experiences, shorter labor, and fewer interventions.
The SCVMC Volunteer Doula program strives to increase birthing people’s access to doula support. Volunteer doulas provide free support for SCVMC’s labor & delivery patients who request it.
SCVMC Volunteers Must Complete a Doula Training:
- If you’ve already completed doula training, you can proceed to go through SCVMC Volunteer Services. Certificate of training workshop completion will be required.
- If you don’t yet have doula training, you can complete training through SCVMC’s partnership with Blossom Birth &Family (see below).
DONA INTERNATIONAL BIRTH DOULA TRAINING
$695.00 (scholarships available, check the website below)
Blossom Birth & Family just completed the DONA Birth Doula training workshop for VMC doulas on May 5-8, 2022. At this time, there is not yet any other upcoming training scheduled.
If interested in completing a birth doula training, you are welcome to take a training with other instructors in the Bay Area. However, Blossom does not have any training scheduled at this time.
To Register and apply for Scholarship please visit the website: https://www.blossombirthandfamily.org/birth-doula-training.html
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 be a doula or be willing to attend a doula training program. (see information above for doula training workshop)
- Must be available to volunteer 16 hours per month for six consecutive months.
- SCVMC will provide pink disposable jackets for doula volunteers on floor
- 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?
- 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)
Click here for the Online Application Form
- Submit completed forms to:
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?
- All information submitted on the applications is carefully screened and reviewed by the Doula Program team.
- Qualified applicants are contacted and interviewed by phone.
- 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?
- Complete and submit the SCVMC Online Health Survey Form.
- 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.)
- COVID vaccination and booster required
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?
- Applicants who have successfully submitted all required application documentation and passed the Health Screening Clearance will meet with the doula volunteer nurse coordinator to discuss their availability, and the current needs of the Volunteer Services Program.
- Following the discussion, the nurse coordinator will fill out the badge form for the new volunteer. 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.