Sutter Davis Hospital Now Accepting Applications for Volunteer Doula Program
DAVIS, Ca — Sutter Davis Hospital will be accepting its next round of applications for the hospital’s Volunteer Doula Program starting February 15. The application will be open until March 1 to interested applicants.
Doulas provide continuous physical, emotional and informational support to mothers during the childbirth process. The hospital’s Doula Program is a highly sought after opportunity with rigorous requirements. It is administered by Birthing Center nurses who have many years of experience supporting women in labor.
Doulas are a part of the Culture of Caring that is unique to SDH. Studies show that when doulas are present at birth, women have shorter labors, fewer medical interventions, fewer cesareans, healthier babies, and breastfeed longer. Recent evidence also suggests that when a doula provides labor support, women are more satisfied with their experience and the mother-infant interaction is enhanced long after the birth.
“We are always looking to grow our doula program and value what each and every doula brings to our program and our Family Birth Center,” said Jessica Casas, R.N., volunteer doula program co-coordinator, Sutter Davis Hospital. “Evidence shows that women who have doulas attend their birth have fewer medical interventions and verbalize a more rewarding, joyous and memorable birth experience.”
Male and females currently participate in the doula and midwife programs at SDH. Those who are accepted to the program agree to a minimum of a two-year commitment and will be expected to fulfill a minimum of 12 hours of call a month. They also must attend monthly meetings, continuing education and periodic outreach events designed to educate the community about doulas and the hospital’s volunteer program.
For more information on the program, visit www.sutterhealth.org. To be added to the contact list for the next orientation, email Jessica Casas at SDHdoula@sutterhealth.org.