The Philadelphia Department of Public Health, Division of Maternal, Child and Family Health (PDPH/MCFH) Doula Support Program serves parents and families during pregnancy, labor and delivery and up to one year postpartum. The program focuses on individuals with a history of, or current substance use disorder, including opioid use disorder. The Doula Support Program offers extended postpartum support, as this period is one of high risk for potential relapse into drug use and/or overdose. The program is staffed by a Program Manager and Program Coordinator.
Selected applicants will be hired as independent contractors, paid by the Health Federation of Philadelphia. These contract doulas will represent PDPH/MCFH in their role supporting community members through the Doula Support Program.
Role of the Contracted Doula
- Doulas will provide continuous and individualized support to bolster parents in recovery with emotional support and linkage to resources as they navigate life with a new baby.
- Doulas will employ their explicit understanding of the scope and limits of a doula’s role, while cognizant of the innovative and groundbreaking nature of this program.
- Doulas can expect to have contact with program participants in a variety of locations, including the client’s home, medical offices/hospital, or other community locations. The doula may be asked to accompany the participant to medical appointments.
- Doulas will be required to keep records of their service and complete program paperwork, which will include tracking data required by the program funders.
- Doulas will be required to meet monthly with Program Staff, in person or by phone, for case review and reflective support.
- Doulas will be required to attend initial trainings, covering topics related to service of the target population. There may be other training requirements throughout the period of service.
- Doulas will continue to receive and provide support throughout their service to participants, including access to comprehensive community services, as needed.
- Doulas will be compensated per visit and birth attended. Doulas will also be compensated for attending required trainings and monthly meetings with Program Staff.
Process for receiving referrals:
- Contracted doulas will receive referrals from Doula Support Program Staff, who complete the initial intake
- Referrals will be made based on the needs of the participant
- Referrals may be made at any point during pregnancy or post-partum, up to a year
Training/Qualifications and Requirements
- Have completed a birth (and ideally postpartum) doula training at a reputable organization Though it is not a requirement, doulas should specify if they are certified or working towards certification
- Knowledge of Philadelphia’s social service landscape and/or Philadelphia’s Child Welfare System
- Ideally, experience working with individuals who have diagnosed SUD/OUD, use drugs, are in recovery, and/or struggling with addiction
- Familiarity and experience with frameworks such as: harm reduction, trauma-informed care, motivational interviewing, reproductive justice
- Must complete background check, FBI and Child Abuse clearances
- Must have liability insurance
Applications should be emailed to Arielle Narva, Doula Support Program Manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org with “Independent Contractor Doula Application” as subject. Eligible candidates will be contacted for an in-person interview at the MCFH office, located at 1101 Market Street. The initial deadline is March 6th, 2020, though applications will continue to be accepted.
- Include professional resume with two references who can speak to your qualifications for supporting families in this program.
- Brief (no more than 1 page) cover letter describing:
- How long have you been a doula and how did you come to birth work? How many births have you attended as a doula?
- What interests you about working as a birth/postpartum doula with this program?
- How do you think doula support can impact the population we aim to serve?
- Regarding your schedule, please indicate how many participants you believe you have capacity to serve between now and June 2020.