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#1 of 6 Old 04-01-2012, 08:04 PM - Thread Starter
 
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I ask, because I'm hoping to get a position at my local hospital as a staff doula. I would be PRN, but likely commit to two 12-hr shift a week (either on-call or supporting labor/birth). I already work in the Mother & Baby unit there, so I am familiar with a lot of the hospital protocol, nurses, midwives, and docs.

Just wondering if anyone has a gig like this? I know the doulas we have there often provid support for moms they have never met, though there are also some families that know ahead of time that they want a doula and have met them before labor - but as a PRN position, many will be last minute calls. Is just different than forming a relationship prior to the baby being on the way. Still, there are many positives, of course. Just curious if any doulas here have done this type of work before. Thanks!

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I have done this in the past and I really enjoyed it. Many of the women were so appreciative and overall it was fun and fulfilling.


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I don't know of any hospitals in my area that do this on a paid basis.  There are some volunteer programs.  Where are you/where do you know that they have these programs?  It sounds like it could be a very good situation.




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We have an OB here in town that employs a doula for his practice. I feel that it creats a conflict of interest and dont agree with it. A doula should be working for the parents and supporting their wishes even if they are not in compliance with hospital protocol. This is really hard to do if you are employed by the hospital. You tend to lean in the direction of the paycheck. That said, maybe it works in your area. It would not work in mine.


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I did this for almost four years and I really enjoyed it. it takes a while to get used to the different feel of staff working--but it has it's perks. The OBs/Nurses etc get to know you/trust you in a different way. You also have more privileges than if you're own your own typically.

 

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Thanks for your posts, all! My hospital has way more midwives than OB's attending births (this is Rio Rancho, NM), so that's a plus as far as birth environment. It's a "family birthing center" within the hospital, with tubs and such.

Anyhow, I actually just got a different full-time job, so unfortunately I'll have to pass on the staff doula position (though I will still be at that hospital in mother and baby very part-time on weekends, so I will stay in touch with the doulas there for the future).

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