Red Deer Doula Association

Supporter Guidelines

Doulas in the Red Deer Doula Association have all attended training and/or certification through a governing body such as CAPPA or DONA and have Standards of Practice and Code of Ethics in which they are to adhere to. We at the Association have also adopted some guidelines in which we expect our Doulas to abide by. This allows them to hold a good standing with in the Birth community and represent our association well. We want all couples who hire a Doula that is a involved in our Society to be happy with the service they provide. Here is a few of the guidelines of our association for you to view.

 

Disclaimer: The Red Deer Doula Association Doulas are a collection of individual doulas running their own businesses. We ultimately cannot control what other doulas do or do NOT do, but if you have any concerns regarding a doula in the association, please contact us. We do have guidelines that they are to adhere to and follow, but we cannot control everything that they do. We are not a Governing body,  but simply a volunteer organization.

 

 

Welcome to the Red Deer Doula Association!

Doulas supporting Doulas so we can serve our community well.

Whether you are a brand new doula just starting your exciting journey or a seasoned doula wanting to open new doors, we are happy to see your interest in our Association.

The Red Deer Doula Association is a collection of doulas working to provide each other with support, exposure and continuing education. Through our regular meetings, Facebook group and page, social gatherings and public events we work to help doulas grow, learn and meet new people. We are a non-profit organization with both birth and postpartum doulas, whose passion is to provide families in our community with these valuable services.

We have two levels of sponsorship, Active and Associate, each of which have wonderful benefits. As a supporter, you can choose the level that suits your needs best.

The Red Deer Doula Association is known in the birth and postpartum community as a trusted source for educated and well respected doulas. Families turn to the Association looking for qualified and well trained birth and postpartum help. To meet this high standard of excellence, all those involved with the association are required to have training through a recognized organization such as DONA or CAPPA and maintain a good standing within the birth community.

Our website receives a high volume of traffic and has proven to be a widely used source of information within the community. Potential clients turn to the website to view the biographies of doulas and often “meet” their future doula for the first time in this way. This is just one of the benefits of Active status. The Association also promotes itself by attending trade shows, hosting Meet The Doula Nights and providing educational events for doulas and the community.

The Red Deer Doula Association exists to serve the birth and postpartum community and support, encourage and educate families and fellow doulas. We are always open to feedback and suggestions about how we can fulfill these roles better.

We are excited about your interest in the Association and look forward to meeting you in person.

Warm regards,

Sandy Walsh – President – Red Deer Doula Association

&

Christa Duquette – Vice President – Red Deer Doula Association

General Guidelines for the Red Deer Doula Association

The following document applies to both Active and Associate Levels

As a respected Association we feel it is very important that our doulas all work together under common ground. We understand that every Doula will have different goals and different styles, and as an organization we want to ensure that all follow the guidelines set out by Red Deer Doula Association Executive committee to maintain a high quality of professionalism within our Society. We strive to provide the community with quality service and through these guidelines we can ensure all our Doulas are representing the ideals and goals of the Red Deer Doula Association (RDDA) as a whole. All are requested to promote the events of the RDDA and new interests to continue a viable organization. With your help we will see growth, empowerment, education and support at it’s highest caliber. Thank you!

Guidelines/ Requirements

  • Have completed training through DONA, CAPPA, or another recognized organization that qualifes.

  • Meet with members of the Interview Committee or a member(s) of the executive prior to approval of  to discuss goals as a doula, your experience and your interest in the association.

  • Doulas are not permitted to attend unassisted births

  • Doulas should maintain a fine and professional standing with in the entire birth community and strive to provide the best care they can offer to each and every client.

  • Use other Doulas of the RDDA as back ups and referrals whenever possible.

  • The chance to network with other doulas to exchange knowledge, ask questions and support each other.

  • The opportunity to visit, chat and discuss in a casual, safe and comfortable environment with the support of other doulas and those who work in the birth industry.

  • The RDDA Public Facebook page will be used to promote the association as a whole for evidence based birth and postpartum doula services only. It will not be used as a individual marketing tool. Articles posted will be evidence- based whenever possible and items of interest to expectant parents. Our Social Media Team and Member Promotion Coordinator will work to ensure consistency, quality, equality of posts.

  • We are all an important part of the RDDA and all decisions regarding the Association will be made with the consideration of input and concerns of our supporters. The Executive, which has been appointed and voted in every other year in September, makes the final decisions regarding any matters of the RDDA. The President and Vice President have authority to make decision as they see fit when there is limited time or disputes regarding RDDA business.

  • The RDDA is not a governing body and can not be held responsible for the actions of individual doulas. Any concerns regarding Doulas of the RDDA should be submitted in writing to the Executive and involved parties will be contacted so a resolution can be made. Each case will be handled individually and action required will depend on the situation that has risen. A warning, then limitations would be issued as needed and finally termination.

  • The Executive of the RDDA reserves the right to terminate involvement of any individual not practicing with in the guidelines and scope of practice or who is endangering the good standing of the RDDA within the community without financial consequence to the RDDA.

CODE OF ETHICS AND STANDARDS OF PRACTICE

MISSION STATEMENT Birth Doulas

The Red Deer Doula Association believes that every woman and family deserve a doula.

The Red Deer Association strives to increase the quality of prenatal, birth and postpartum support by promoting access to doulas that adhere to a strict standard of practice. We provide continuing education and mutual support to our members, which cultivates the growth of individual doulas, as well as the collective profession.

The Red Deer Doula Association strives to foster the relationships between doulas, health care providers and all members of the birth community in Red Deer and surrounding areas.

STANDARDS OF PRACTICE (Birth Doulas Only)

Services Rendered The Birth Doula:

• Strives to provide continuous support for the length of time that her client requires it.

• Accompanies the woman in labour, provides emotional and physical support, suggests comfort measures and provides support and suggestions for the partner.

• Does not displace existing support persons, but rather facilitates their full participation in supporting the client.

• Respects the client’s right to self determination by not speaking for her, nor making decisions for her. She helps the mother incorporate changes to her birth plan if and when the need arises and enhances communication between the client and the care giver.

• Works as a member of the larger birth team.

• Does not perform medical or nursing tasks such as taking blood pressure or temperature, fetal heart tone checks, vaginal exams or postpartum clinical care.

• Does not attend planned unassisted home births.

• Makes back-up arrangements with another doula to ensure services to the client if the doula is sick or unable to be reached. Should any doula feel the need to discontinue service to an established client, it is the doula’s responsibility to notify the client in writing.

• Will make referrals to appropriate resources should the client needs be beyond the scope of the doula’s training.

CODE OF ETHICS

Primacy of Client’s Interests

• The doula’s primary responsibility is to support her client.

Confidentiality and Privacy

• The doula should respect the privacy of clients and hold in confidence all information obtained in the course of professional service.

Competence and Professional Development

• The doula should strive to become and remain proficient in the professional practice and the performance of professional functions through continuing education, affiliation with related organizations, and associations with other Labour Support Providers.

Community Service

• The doula should assist the profession in making labour support services known to the general public.

Fees

• When setting fees, the doula should ensure that they are fair, reasonable and considerate and commensurate with services performed.

As a member of the Red Deer Doula Association I have read the RDDA’s current Standards of Practice and Code of Ethics and agree to abide by these guidelines.

I acknowledge that I have read and agree to abide by the above Standards of Practice and Code of Ethics

 

MISSION STATEMENT – Postpartum Doulas

The Red Deer Doula Association believes that every woman and family deserve a doula.

The Red Deer Doula Association strives to increase the quality of prenatal, birth and postpartum support by promoting access to doulas that adhere to a strict standard of practice. We provide continuing education and mutual support to our members, which cultivates the growth of individual doulas, as well as the collective profession.

The Red Deer Doula Association strives to foster the relationships between doulas, health care providers and all members of the birth community in Calgary and surrounding areas.

STANDARDS OF PRACTICE (Postpartum Doulas Only)

Services Rendered The Postpartum Doula:

• Cares for the mother and her family in their home in the weeks following birth and as needed throughout the first year.

• Provides non-medical support and companionship, assists with newborn care and sibling adjustment, meal preparation and household organization.

• Offers evidence-based information on infant feeding, emotional and physical recovery from childbirth and other issues related to the postpartum period.

• Does not perform clinical or medical tasks such as examining the mother or baby, or taking temperatures, blood pressure checks, or any other type of postpartum clinical care.

• When the postpartum doula agrees to work with a particular client, the obligation is to do so reliably, to the best of the doula’s ability, for the term of the agreement. Should any doula feel a need to discontinue service to an established client, it is the doula’s responsibility to notify the client in writing.

• For client needs beyond the scope of the postpartum doula’s training, referrals are made to the appropriate resources.

CODE OF ETHICS

Primacy of Client’s Interests

• The postpartum doula’s primary responsibility is to support her client.

Confidentiality and Privacy

• The postpartum doula should respect the privacy of clients and hold in confidence all information obtained in the course of professional service.

Competence and Professional Development

• The postpartum doula should strive to become and remain proficient in the professional practice and the performance of professional functions through continuing education, affiliation with related organizations, and associations with other postpartum support providers.

Community Service

• The postpartum doula should assist the profession in making postpartum support services known to the general public.

Fees

• When setting fees, the postpartum doula should ensure that they are fair, reasonable, considerate and commensurate with services performed.

As a member of the Red Deer Doula Association I have read the RDDA’s current Standards of Practice and Code of Ethics and agree to abide by these guidelines.

I acknowledge that I have read and agree to abide by the above Standards of Practice and Code of Ethics