Doula Registry Standards

 

 

Doula Registry Standards

Certification & Education

All contracted doulas must

  • maintain a current/active doula certification by any doula certifying body.
  • attend The Nest & Company’s doula services orientation, quarterly meetings, and biannual evaluations.  
  • submit proof of continuing education and/or professional affiliation every six months.

*It is the Doula’s responsibility to keep current with all required certifications on file with The Nest & Company. We reserve the right to not put a Doula on the rotating schedule or remove a Doula from the registry listing if certification or other requirements are expired or not met.

Scope: Birth Doula

The doula accompanies the woman in labor, provides emotional and physical support, suggests comfort measures, and provides support and suggestions for the partner. Whenever possible, the doula provides pre- and postpartum emotional support, including explanation and discussion of practices and procedures, and assistance in acquiring the knowledge necessary for the client to make informed decisions about their own care. Additionally, as doulas do not “prescribe” treatment, any suggestions or information provided within the role of the doula must be done with the proviso that the doula advises his/her client to check with the primary care provider before using any application.

The Nest & Company doulas are to provide emotional, physical and informational support only. The Nest & Company doula does not perform clinical or medical tasks, such as taking blood pressure or temperature, fetal heart tone checks, vaginal examinations or postpartum clinical care. The Nest & Company doula will not diagnose or treat in any modality.

If the doula has qualifications in alternative or complementary modalities (such as aromatherapy, childbirth education, massage therapy, placenta encapsulation, etc.), s/he must make it very clear to and her/his clients and others that those modalities are an additional service, outside of the doula’s scope of practice and not associated with the doula services provided through The Nest & Company.

If the doula has qualifications in alternative or complementary modalities, s/he must provide those certifications/credentials/licenses to The Nest & Company.

A healthcare provider (such as a nurse, midwife, chiropractor, etc.) may not refer to her/himself as a doula while providing services outside of a doula’s scope of practice.

On the other hand, if a health care, alternative care or complementary care professional chooses to limit her/his services to those provided by doulas, it is acceptable for her/him to describe her/himself as a doula.

The doula advocates for the client's wishes as expressed in her birth plan, in prenatal conversations, and intrapartum discussion, by encouraging his/her client to ask questions of her care provider and to express her preferences and concerns. The doula helps the mother incorporate changes in plans if and when the need arises, and enhances the communication between client and care provider. Clients and doulas must recognize that the advocacy role does not include the doula speaking instead of the client or making decisions for the client. The advocacy role is best described as support, information, and mediation or negotiation.

For client needs beyond the scope of the doula’s training, referrals are made to appropriate resources in accordance with The Nest & Company Referral Standards and Procedures.

 

Scope: Postpartum Doula

The postpartum doula cares for the mother and her family in their home in the first few weeks following the birth. The doula provides non-medical support and companionship, assists with newborn care and sibling adjustment, meal preparation and household organization. The doula offers evidence-based information on newborn feeding, emotional and physical recovery from childbirth and other issues related to the postpartum period, and can make referrals if necessary, in accordance with The Nest & Company Referral Standards and Procedures.

The doula provides emotional, physical and educational support only. The doula 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. The doula will not diagnose or treat in any modality.

If the doula has qualifications in alternative or complementary modalities (such as aromatherapy, childbirth education, massage therapy, placenta encapsulation, etc.), s/he must make it very clear to and her/his clients and others that those modalities are an additional service, outside of the doula’s scope of practice and not associated with the doula services provided through The Nest & Company.

If the doula has qualifications in alternative or complementary modalities, s/he must provide those certifications/credentials/licenses to The Nest & Company.

A healthcare provider (such as a nurse, midwife, chiropractor, etc.) may not refer to her/himself as a doula while providing services outside of a doula’s scope of practice.

On the other hand, if a health care, alternative care or complementary care professional chooses to limit her/his services to those provided by doulas, it is acceptable for her/him to describe her/himself as a doula.

 

Code of Ethics

The doula should maintain high standards of personal conduct in the capacity or identity as a doula.

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 birth doulas. The Nest & Company requires submission of proof of continuation of education and/or professional affiliation every six months.

On social media platforms, the doula should extend respect, courtesy, fairness and good faith towards all birth professionals. The influence on students, consumers and fellow doulas extends beyond time in a birth, postpartum session or workshop setting. When engaging on social media platforms, the doula agrees to clarify that any opinions are his/her own, show respect in each communication, use good judgment in sharing only public information, and be aware that social media content is permanent and may reflect on The Nest & Company.

The birth doula should act in accordance with the highest standards of professional integrity.

The doula’s primary responsibility is to his/her clients.

The doula should make every effort to foster maximum self- determination on the part of his/her clients.

The doula should respect the privacy of clients and hold in confidence all information obtained in the course of professional service. The doula is required to abide by all HIPAA standards as outlined in The Nest & Company Business Associate Agreement.

The doula should assist each client seeking doula support either by providing services or making a referral in accordance with The Nest & Company contract and The Nest & Company Standards and Procedures.

When the doula agrees to work with a particular client, his/her obligation is to do so reliably, for the term of the agreement. If a doula is unable to fulfill his/her obligation the doula must make arrangements for continuity of care in accordance with The Nest & Company’s Doula’s Continuity of Care: Second on Call Standards & Procedures.

The doula should treat colleagues with respect, courtesy, fairness, and good faith. The Nest & Company does not tolerate discrimination (including age, sex, race, color, creed, religion, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, citizenship, disability, or marital status or any other legally recognized protected group) and will uphold federal, state, and local laws, regulations or ordinances.

The doula has the responsibility to relate to the clients of colleagues with full professional consideration.

The doula should uphold and advance the values, ethics, knowledge and mission of the profession.

The doula should promote the general health of women and their babies, and whenever possible, that of their family and friends as well.

 

 

 

 

  

 

Reference: DONA Code of Ethics: Birth Doula; DONA Standards of Practice: Birth Doula; DONA

                   Code of Ethics: Postpartum Doula; Standards of Practice: Postpartum Doula