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Choose a Membership Category
Please choose one of the membership categories below. Membership Category Definitions: DOULA: This category of membership is for all doulas. (Doulas are those trained to provide birth and/or postpartum and/or full spectrum doula services; CERTIFICATION IS NOT REQUIRED). INDIVIDUAL AFFILIATE: This category of membership is for perinatal health related professionals (nurses, doctors, midwifes, lactation professionals, etc.) ORGANIZATIONAL AFFILIATE: This category of membership is for perinatal and community based health related organizations (collectives, doula groups, baby businesses, etc.)
If checked "Other" please write in your doula service type
ODA Doula Scope of Practice: All DOULA members must read and agree to the Scope of Practice. This is not a requirement for affiliate/or non-doula organizational membership)
Oregon Doula Association (ODA) Doula Scope of Practice:
The role of the doula is to provide informational, emotional, and physical support to the pregnant, birthing or postpartum individual as well as to childbearing families during the childbearing cycle.
1. Services Provided
• Informational, emotional, and physical support to families during the childbearing cycle.
• Explanation and discussion of childbearing practices and procedures.
• Assistance in acquiring the knowledge necessary for clients to make informed decisions about their care.
2. Training & Education
• ODA accepts doulas at all levels of training and experience and highly values certification, recertification, continuing education and individual professional development.
3. Doula Professionalism
• Communication: The doula provides timely and consistent communication to the client for the duration of the client agreement.
• Confidentiality and Privacy. The doula respects the privacy of clients and holds in confidence all information obtained in the course of professional service.
• Obligation to Serve. The doula assists each client seeking doula support either by providing continuity of care in services or making appropriate referrals.
• Collaborative Care. The doula commits to working collaboratively within the team of health professionals serving the client.
• Professionalism: A doula wears comfortable clean clothing that is professionally appropriate to the culture of her client and the context in which the client is being served, and speaks in a way that upholds professionalism of doula care.
4. Equity & Inclusion
• Diversity is a defining feature of the ODA and a source of strength that is critical to our success. Our differences – of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, socioeconomic status, abilities, experience and all social identities – enhance our ability to serve our clients and communities. We are committed to enhancing an environment that includes, celebrates and serves our diverse communities.
• Doulas of the ODA value and integrate into care the cultural, racial, ethnic, linguistic, gender, religious, age, socioeconomic, ability, and sexual diversity of our members to be culturally responsive to our clients, and affirms an inclusive environment for diverse communities.
• Doulas of the ODA are committed to a maternity care system without inequities in access, delivery of care or outcomes. This system provides culturally and linguistically appropriate and affordable care in all settings, in a manner that is acceptable to all communities.
5. Limits To Practice
• A doula’s scope of practice does not include providing medical services, medical advice, or prescribing treatment.
• Doulas do not make decisions for their clients or project their values and goals upon them.
• Doulas who have specialized training and certification in clinical assessments may perform these with permission of the health care provider.
*We define the term "doulas" broadly, and include labor/birth doulas, postpartum doulas, full circle doulas, full spectrum doulas, abortion doulas, community-based doulas, and other regional or training-specific names for doulas, as it meets the definition of the doula's role and services provided herein
I agree to uphold the Oregon Doula Association Standards of Practice as a part of my professional membership commitment.
ODA Code of Ethics: All DOULA members must read and agree to the ODA Code of Ethics (not required for affiliate or non-doula organizational members)
Oregon Doula Association (ODA) Code of Ethics
I. Rules of Conduct
• Propriety: The doula maintains high standards of personal and professional conduct.
• Competence and Professional Development: The doula strives to develop and remain proficient in their professional practice through development such as continuing education, keeping up to date with evidence-based best practices, affiliation with related organizations, and associations with other doulas.
• Cultural Humility: The doula continually strives to provide culturally sensitive care and practices regular self-assessment of bias, privilege or other differences and limitations.
• Integrity: The doula acts in accordance with the highest standards of professional integrity.
II. Ethical Responsibility to Client
• Primacy of Client’s Interests: The doula’s primary responsibility is to their clients.
• Confidentiality and Privacy: The doula respects the privacy of clients and holds in confidence all information obtained in the course of professional service.
• Maintain Confidentiality: When sharing a client’s story to a colleague for the purposes of support and feedback, the doula does not reveal any identifying details like the client’s name, contact information, due date, etc. They share only with colleagues that have the same or greater level of agreed confidentiality, ensuring that the location where it is shared is also confidential. All client information and documentation is stored with reasonable security and privacy.
• Keep clear boundaries: The doula is aware of personal issues that might interfere with their ability to be present with their client and client’s family. The doula is aware of their own personal values and where their limitations may be in supporting their client's goals and values.
• Rights and Prerogatives of Clients: The doula makes every effort to foster maximum self-determination on the part of their clients.
• Maintain communication: The doula keeps in good contact with potential clients, clients and any back-up or partner doula as it helps build trust and reflects on the reputation of the doula community as a whole.
III. Ethical Responsibility to Colleagues
• Communicate clearly with respect, fairness, and courtesy: The doula treats colleagues with respect, courtesy, fairness, and good faith. They give and receive feedback to one another in a fair and responsible way.
• Collaborative practice and professionalism: The doula’s professional responsibility is to reflect and cultivate collaborative practice with all other birth professionals they encounter.
IV. Ethical Responsibility to the Doula Profession
• Maintaining the Integrity of the Profession: The doula upholds and advances the values, ethics, knowledge and mission of the profession.
• Representing the doula profession: The doula is aware at all times that they are representing both their own professional values, reputation and standards as well as those of all doulas who have come before them or who may come after them.
V. Ethical Responsibility to Self
• Prioritize Self Care and Boundaries: The doula takes excellent care of themselves before, during and after working with clients. They develop relationships and resources in their own circle of care for coping with challenging outcomes and personal triggers while supporting others.
• Sustainability: The doula maintains a schedule and client load that allows them to uphold their duties responsibly and take steps to avoid burnout.
VI. Ethical Responsibility to Society
• Promoting Maternal and Child Welfare: The doula promotes the general health of women, childbearing people and their babies, and whenever possible, that of their family and community.
Grievance Policy: Violation of the Code of Ethics, Confidentiality and Standards of Practice will be reviewed through a grievance process. Doulas found in violation may be subject to loss of membership.
All ODA members are required to adhere to the ODA code of ethics. I agree to abide by the ODA code of ethics. I understand that intentional or unintentional violation of these code of ethics will be reviewed by a grievance committee and could lead to remediation, probation, removal from the ODA referral directory or loss of membership.
*This code of ethics was collaboratively compiled from a number of sources including DONA, Birthingway, CAPPA, DASC and other organizations
Would you like to be placed on the ODA Referral Directory?
One of the benefits of ODA membership is the option to be placed on our ODA Referral Directory that will be accessible to the public via our website. In order to be placed on the ODA Referral Directory you must read and agree to the ODA Standards of Practice and Code of Ethics for all doula categories that apply (example: birth and postpartum doula services)
Yes, I would like to be listed on the ODA online referral directory
No, I do not want to be included in the ODA Referral Directory
The ODA does not want any doulas to be excluded from membership due to financial barriers. There are scholarships available for doulas that, at this time, cannot afford all or part of the ODA membership fee (currently a $35 introductory offer until 5/1/2018). Please provide a statement below describing why you are applying for a scholarship, and the amount you are able to contribute towards your membership. (Example: My current situation is ______. I am able to contribute $__ towards my membership fee and am asking the rest to be covered by the ODA scholarship fund). The ODA will contact you when your application has been reviewed.
Donate to the ODA Scholarship Fund (optional)
Oregon Doula Association offers membership scholarships to doulas who have financial barriers. Your donation will enable Oregon doulas in-need to become ODA members. Please include this IN ADDITION to your membership payment when paying by check. To donate online press the DONATE button on the bottom of the application. Thank you SO MUCH for your support!
Yes! I would like to donate and have paid via donate button at the bottom of the application.
Yes! I would like to donate and have sent a check to the Oregon Doula Association at 789 NE Edgehill Drive, Estacada, OR 97023
If you would like to donate please specify the amount you would like to contribute to the ODA Scholarship fund (in addition to your annual membership fee).
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