Intern with the Doula Project!

Doula Project Internship Description
Organization's Mission:
The Doula Project is an NYC-based organization that provides free compassionate care and emotional, physical, and informational support to people across the spectrum of pregnancy. We work to create a society in which all pregnant people have access to the care and support they need during their pregnancies and the ability to make healthy decisions for themselves, whether they face birth, miscarriage, stillbirth, fetal anomaly, or abortion.
The Doula Project has local and national programming. Locally, we organize and train volunteers on the doula model of care in abortion clinics. We place our trained doulas in clinics that we partner with and manage the relationship between the two. We also partner with an adoption agency and birth centers in NYC to provide free birth doula support to their clients. We organize monthly meetings for our doulas, which include skills-based trainings and a chance to talk about their experiences as doulas and connect with other doulas in the project. Nationally, we provide training, guidance, and resources to activists and health professionals interested in the abortion doula model of care.
Internship Description:
A huge part of being a doula is having the desire and capacity to support another person through a powerful physical and emotional journey: pregnancy. This spring, we are looking for awesome and engaged interns to help us serve people across the spectrum of pregnancy in New York City clinics and hospitals in the following ways:
·      50%-60% of the intern's position will be to work as a doula daily in the abortion clinics we partner with. At the onset of the internship, we will provide our intern with a 12-hour classroom training we provide on the abortion doula model of care, followed by supervised clinic training. Interns will spend 5-8 hours a day serving as a doula and patient advocate, 3-5 days a week, or as needed. This involves traditional doula roles of providing emotional, physical, and informational support to clients. Interns will be with clients before, during and after procedures. They will spend time in the waiting and recovery rooms and be present in the procedure and operating rooms while patients undergo their terminations. 5% of the internship will be time to read, watch, and learn about all the different aspects of pregnancy. In order to be a good doula, it is very important the intern have a comprehensive understanding of what happens during pregnancy and its outcomes. We will facilitate this by providing reading material, opportunities to attend workshops and trainings, and significant opportunities to watch abortion procedures and speak with residents and attending doctors.
·      15%- 25% of the internship will be working on the birth side of our project if they are already a trained birth doula. The Doula Project provides individual mentorship and training, opportunities to attend a birth with a trained doula, introductions to clients and partner organizations, and opportunities to speak with birth doulas who are part of our project. If an intern chooses to do their birth doula training in conjunction with this internship we will include their training time as part of the internship and help match them to birth clients. If an intern is already a doula, we will match them to birth clients at the onset of their internship. 

·      20% of the internship will be to provide programmatic and communications support to the project coordinators. This includes: helping organize monthly meetings, sending out scheduling reminders to doulas, updating our website and social networking sites, editing and writing pieces of our training toolkit, and other tasks as they come up.
·      If an intern is interested in working on an independent project for 10-15% of their time, the above percentages of time are negotiable.
Being allowed into the room with a person who is facing birth or abortion is an awesome responsibility, an amazing opportunity, and above all, a privilege. We look forward to having the support, energy, and skills that an intern would bring to our work.
Skills Needed:
·      Previous clinical experience ideal, clinical inclination a must; 

·      Currently a birth doula and/or strong knowledge of pregnancy, childbirth and abortion; if not currently a birth doula, willing to seek out training and scholarships with the DP’s assistance; 

·      Interested in direct service work, working with patients/clients daily; 

·      Ability to communicate easily and effectively with large groups of people; 

·      Capacity to support people facing difficult and emotional situations; 

·      Capacity to work in high-stress, high-endurance settings; 

·      Capacity to work in hospitals/clinics daily, not behind a desk in an office; 

·      Extremely extroverted, outgoing personality, comfortable with meeting new people daily; 

·      Comfortable working with medical professionals and being exposed to blood and medical procedures, including second trimester abortion procedures (remember, they’re much different than first trimester procedures!)

·      Comfortable with touching patients/clients and providing physical support measures; 

·      Self-motivated and independent; 
comfortable with taking on leadership roles; 

·      Basic computer skills;
·      Strong written and oral skills
We want to stress that this is a direct service position – anyone looking to work in an office should not apply. While this position will be highly supervised, the nature of this work is geared toward people who are interested in working independently with patients as well as in collaboration with doctors and medical professionals. Since the majority of the direct service work will involve talking to patients, hearing their stories, and advocating for them, we are looking for someone who is outgoing, a good listener, and has A LOT of patience and tact. Additionally, because we work in hospitals, interns will be drug-tested at the beginning of the internship as part of the hospital physical and should be prepared to pass that test.
Language Requirements:
English; Spanish highly desired.
Location:
The internship takes place in various clinics and hospitals throughout the NYC area, mainly in Manhattan and Brooklyn, all near public transportation. We currently run our abortion service out of one of NYC's largest public hospitals, and two of Planned Parenthood’s satellite sites.
Work Hours: 
Flexible Hours, Minimum 20 hours per week. Interns must be able to provide at least three full days per week, Monday-Saturday when they can plan to be present in clinic.
Schedules will be given on a monthly basis and will be based on the needs of the clinic. If the intern is attending a birth, scheduling arrangements will be made to accommodate time off depending on the length and timing of the labor. Administrative tasks may be done from home, if preferred. We are happy to honor requests made in advance for time off. Please note that there are times where we may need a doula urgently, without much advance notice. Unless the intern has requested time off beforehand, they will be the first person we contact.
Dress Code:
Casual and clean, but professional. No bra straps, midriff-bearing tops, mini-skirts or shorts; comfortable shoes. Scrubs can either be bought beforehand or can be provided as needed, usually at least one day a week.
How to apply
Please write a cover letter that includes a brief personal statement that responds to the following questions (limit 100-500 words): What does the phrase “Spectrum of Choice” mean to you? How do you see this phrase as being relevant to being a doula?
Please also submit a resume highlighting your work in reproductive health, rights, or justice, counseling, social work, doula work, our health services. Please also submit 2 references who would not mind being contacted.

Applications must be submitted by December 15th, 2015 to jtrothschild [at] gmail.com

Fall Spectrum of Choice Fundraising Campaign

Dear Supporters,

In 2007, The Doula Project created a model of care that seeks to advance a new vision of holistic pregnancy support: a doula for all reproductive choices. Since that time, our organization has grown from two to more than 75 volunteer doulas. These doulas have provided compassionate, respectful support to more than 30,000 pregnant people in NYC, and operate under the guiding principle that all people deserve compassion, care, and support, whether they choose abortion, adoption, or to raise their child.


Tuesday, November 17th, 6-9p

Parkside Lounge 
317 East Houston, NYC


Fall Spectrum of Choice

Our fall online fundraising campaign honors the decisions people make in their reproductive lives. Our fall campaign features our wish list representing crucial services that The Doula Project provides to our clients and needed support for the organization. Please consider supporting The Doula Project by picking an item from our wish list:


$25 Contribution
Provide a Stipend for an Abortion Doula
The Doula Project provides free doula care to people choosing to terminate their pregnancies or experiencing miscarriage or fetal loss at clinics in NYC. Help support our new efforts to raise funds to provide our doulas with a stipend for this important work.

$50 contribution
Train an Abortion Doula
The Doula Project has trained hundreds of volunteers around the country on the abortion doula model of care. Help us continue to train our doulas so that they can provide this crucial support to people terminating their pregnancies, or experiencing miscarriage or fetal loss.

$75 contribution
Send a Doula to a National Conference
As leaders in the full-spectrum doula movement, we believe it is our mission to educate the healthcare field about the work we do. Help us continue to promote and grow our movement by supporting our presentations at reproductive health and justice conferences around the country.

$100 contribution
Support New Partnerships with Clinics
In order to provide full-spectrum doula care to even more clients, we must build partnerships with new abortion clinics, hospitals, and organizations. Your contribution will help us create, nurture, and maintain these partnerships.

$250 contribution
Provide a Birth Doula
The support a doula provides during labor and birth is invaluable, but for many it is unaffordable. Your contribution will provide a person the support and assistance they deserve during their labor and birth.

$500 contribution
Hire Our First Staff Member!
Since 2007, we have been an entirely volunteer-run organization, providing services to thousands of pregnant people at multiple clinics. We are now committed to hiring a staff member to help us elevate and expand our work.

All contributions are tax-deductible and can be made via our campaign page where you can track our progress towards our $5,000 fundraising goal. If you would like to make your gift in honor of someone special, please email your request to doulaprojectbod@gmail.com.

We are incredibly grateful to the volunteers who make The Doula Project run, and to our donors and supporters who allow us to do this great work.

Thank you,
The Doula Project

Please Join Us On June 3!

Join us on June 3rd at 7:00 pm at the Bell House in Brooklyn for Pregnant Pause: A Variety Show about Pop Culture and Pregnancy. Doors and Silent Auction open at 6:30pm. All proceeds benefit the Doula Project!

Come explore where pop culture intersects with being pregnant. Our performers will deconstruct depictions of pregnancy and choices people make in film, television, stand-up, & more! This show has something for everyone: horror, drama, comedy, and romance, all brought to you in variety show fashion by your hosts Bonnie & Maude.

*Special Guest Gillian Robespierre will discuss her groundbreaking film Obvious Child.
*Pop Presentations will delve into monstrous birth, celebrity bumps, and dancing dirty.
*Dance performances, poetry readings, and stand-up comedy will creatively expand the way you look at pregnancy and choice.
*With Drink Specials and Silent Auction.
*Sponsored by The Feminist Press and Choices in Childbirth.
*Photos by Seze Devres.

Join us on Facebook.

$15 online/$20 at the door. Buy Tickets Here.

Volunteer with the Doula Project!

We are recruiting volunteer full-spectrum doulas to become part of the Doula Project!

People who are passionate, caring, and committed are encouraged to apply. Any experience in doula work, reproductive health, rights and justice work, abortion counseling, health service, or personal experiences can be helpful, but isn’t necessary. Many of our best doulas have had no professional experience, but a dedicated attitude and a desire to learn more and be a part of the Doula Project.

We strongly encourage people of color, people with dis/abilities, trans* or genderqueer identified folks (especially transfeminine folks), queer-identified folks, people born outside the USA, Spanish speakers, people living with HIV/AIDS, and people of faith to apply. People with flexible/free weekdays are ideal.

We are accepting applications until midnight on June 20, 2015. The mandatory training for new volunteers will be on August 7 (6-9 pm), August 8 (9 am-5 pm), and August 9 (9 am-5 pm). Full application is here!

The Doula Project Invites You To A Free Screening Of Vessel

The Doula Project Board of Directors Invites you to a Free Screening of

VESSEL
a film by Diana Whitten

To all of our supporters, clients, doulas, and future friends: we invite you to a free screening of this important film.

Wednesday March 25th, 2015
VIDEOLOGY
308 Bedford Avenue Brooklyn, NY 11211 (718) 782-3468
6:30-8:30p

Support the Doula Project This Holiday Season!

Dear Supporters,

We are reaching out this holiday season to ask for your help in expanding The Doula Project’s important work. The Doula Project works to create a society in which all pregnant people have access to the care and support they need during their pregnancies and the ability to make healthy decisions for themselves, whether they experience birth, miscarriage, stillbirth, fetal anomaly, or abortion. The funds we raise will directly increase the number of pregnant people we serve and elevate the profile and scope of the Doula Project.

2014 was an incredibly successful year for us that included:

● Partnering with a new public hospital in NYC to provide abortion doulas to pregnant people
● Partnering with a new birth center in NYC to provide birth doulas to pregnant people
● Partnering with a criminal justice organization to provide birth doulas to pregnant people
● Training 25 new full spectrum doulas and a new Board of Directors
● Providing doula support to thousands of pregnant people in NYC

Our spring fundraising campaign was our most successful yet, enabling us to expand full spectrum doula services and develop a more ambitious strategy to support even more pregnant people in the coming year. We are making great strides as an organization but know the landscape for reproductive health care in our country is daunting. The war on reproductive choice makes it increasingly difficult for pregnant people to access the services they need. Your gift this holiday season can help pay for a birth, abortion or adoption doula for clients who are in need of support - you can make a huge difference.

Our services - one-on-one pain management and relaxation guidance, information and education about pregnancy, and, above all, emotional support and empathy - are 100% tax-deductible. You can donate now online at our website or send a check to The Doula Project PO Box 20116, Greeley Square Station, NY NY 10001.

You can also support The Doula Project while you are shopping at Amazon! For eligible purchases, the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price. Use this URL to select The Doula Project as your preferred charity and to start shopping.

Be sure to shop at AmazonSmile instead of Amazon to ensure that The Doula Project benefits from the Amazon Foundation.

We wish you and your family a joyful holiday season and a very happy New Year!

Sincerely,

The Doula Project

Become A Full-Spectrum Doula With The Doula Project!

We are recruiting interns and volunteer full-spectrum doulas to become part of the Doula Project!

People who are passionate, caring, and committed are encouraged to apply. Any experience in doula work, reproductive health, rights and justice work, abortion counseling, health service, or personal experiences can be helpful, but isn’t necessary. Many of our best doulas have had no professional experience, but a dedicated attitude and a desire to learn more and be a part of the Doula Project.

We strongly encourage people of color, people with dis/abilities, trans* or genderqueer identified folks (especially transfeminine folks), queer-identified folks, people born outside the USA, Spanish speakers, people living with HIV/AIDS, and people of faith to apply. People with flexible/free weekdays are ideal.

We are accepting applications until November 25, 2014. The mandatory training for new interns and volunteers will be January 10th and 11th from 9am to 5pm and January 13th from 6pm to 9pm. Full application details are below!