Welcome Doulas and Future Doulas!
The Community Doula Program (CDP) community welcomes and supports doulas through training, practical support like connecting you to clients and answering care-related questions, and engaging in advocacy for community doulas. Find information here for current CDP doulas and learn more about how to become a CDP doula, traditional health worker, or join the doula registry.
Calendar of Events
Recurring doula meeting
4th Tuesday of every month (except December)
6-7:30 PM PST
Redefining Postpartum: Preparation + Prevention Tools for Birth Workers
The training will be next Saturday, 4/24 from 10am - 2pm.
Emily Little, the founder and director of Nurturely is going to share information on perinatal mood disorders, self-care for birth workers, tools for advocacy, activism, and anti-racism work.
CEUs will be available. All are welcome.
HVCC Board Meeting
Quarterly: May 5, August 4, November 3
Are you already a CDP doula?
Find key documents like the Client Confidentiality Release Form, Online Birth Data Survey, and more.
Becoming a Doula
Are you interested in becoming a Doula with our program?
Already a Doula and want to get involved? The Community Doula Program trains doulas from underserved communities, coordinates referrals and family/doula matching, and manages the doulas billing and reimbursement. Doulas may be reimbursed $350 for attending births under new legislation by the State of Oregon. To qualify, doulas must be on the Oregon Traditional Health Worker’s Registry and families served must be covered by CCO.
Serving families from priority populations
The CDP serves pregnant individuals from one or more of the priority populations who has completed 30 weeks of pregnancy. Referrals for eligible recipients can be directed from healthcare or social service providers, friends, family, and self-referrals.
Providing culturally-matched care through pregnancy, birth, and early parenting
Once an eligible client agrees to learn about the program and receive culturally-matched doula services, a CDP staff person will match the client to a doula. The assigned doula will call the client to set up an informational meeting.
Required, additional visits will include:
- Two visits during the prenatal period, lasting approximately one to two hours to establish a relationship and discuss the client’s needs and goals for pregnancy and birth
- Two in-home postpartum visits within the six weeks following the birth
In addition, the doula will be on call for her assigned client for two weeks before and after the estimated due date. During labor, the doula will provide labor care and support beginning in the active phase of labor until at least two hours after the birth. Each doula will work with a back-up doula for continuity of care.
We are particularly looking to train doulas who are:
- Bilingual (English and Spanish or Arabic)
- From rural areas of Linn, Benton, and Lincoln Counties
- Experienced working with the homeless or home insecure communities
- Experienced with addiction services
Want to know when the next CDP doula training will take place?
CDP trainings usually take place every other year. Tell us your email and we will let you know when the next one is scheduled. (We do not share your email with others without your permission.)
How to Join the Registry
Information for becoming (or renewing as) a Traditional Health Worker Doula can be found at the Oregon Health Authority website. To become a doula you need to:
- Complete an OHA approved doula training that includes at least 28 in person hours
- Certify that you have attended 3 births in the capacity of doula after your training
- Complete an OHA approved Cultural Competency Course for doulas
- Complete an OHA approved Oral Health Training
- Complete 6 hours combined training in: HIPAA, Interprofessional Collaboration, Trauma Informed Care
- Have a current CPR Certification for children and adults
- Provide a current photo ID
- Complete the OHA THW
Acceptance to the registry also requires the successful completion of a criminal background check. Please note that a criminal history does not automatically disqualify you from serving as a Traditional Health Worker - information on that process can be found here.
How to Renew
THW Certifications are valid for 3 years (36 months) at which point a renewal and proof of Continuing Education Credits must be presented. Renewal application information can be found here. Please note that renewal applications should be submitted a minimum of 90 days before expiration.
Meet the Doulas
There are currently more than 100 doulas in the CDP community.