Hearts & Hands Program
The Hearts & Hands Doula Volunteer Program provides physical, emotional and informational support to women who are delivering their babies at Contra Costa Regional Medical Center (CCRMC). Having the added support of a Doula helps women; their husbands, partners, family and friends; feel safe, supported and confident. This provides a positive and satisfying experience that carries on into mothering.
The Doula is a support provider. Though she embraces her role as a caregiver, she is not a medical provider, nor part of the client's family. She works to respect these boundaries. Through support, the Doula creates a safe space where the woman can labor with those she has chosen to be with her and provide medical care for her. The Doula provides continuous physical, emotional, and informational support to the woman, her partner and family, for the duration of the labor and birth. Doulas also provide support to women and babies in the hospital during the hours and days following the birth. Assistance with breast or bottle-feeding and comfort measures is offered.
Doula Training is free, 8 hours in length, and scheduled the second Saturday of January, April, July, and October at the Contra Costa Regional Medical Center in Martinez. After the class Doulas are scheduled to spend time with a Doula mentor in Labor & Delivery where they are oriented to the unit and perform the skills learned in the class to build confidence. Afterwards, Doulas schedule themselves for shifts in Labor & Delivery.
Volunteer Doulas must complete a Volunteer Application and complete CCRMC requirements such as a brief training, orientation to the medical center, background check, and health inventory. Application packets will be distributed in December, March, June and September.
To contact the Hearts and Hands Doula Volunteer Program, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org, or leave a voice message by calling 925-370-5595. Provide your name, phone number, & email address. A volunteer Doula scheduling coordinator will contact you to provide details about the program, training, and next steps.