Doula

Job Type

Full Time

Published

09/26/2018

Address

5235 West Belden Avenue
Chicago
Illinois
60639
United States

Description

Christopher House (CH) is searching for Doulas looking to grow professionally in the field of Early Childhood Development. Candidates must possess a specialized interest and passion for working with Infants, Toddlers, and Two-year old’s.


With a mission to develop independent,creative, lifelong learners, our infant, preschool, elementary and family schools build a community of students, teachers, and parents committed to excellence, achievement and perseverance, respect and compassion, and equality of opportunity.


Christopher House partners with parents to provide a continuum of education for students from birth through high school, as well as immersive family supports that help parents create stable, self-sufficient families. We operate accredited early learning, elementary, and out of school time programs grounded in research-based curricula and high-quality instruction.



OUR BELIEFS

Children and families thrive when:


  • Education begins at birth and continues throughout life, with parents as a child’s first teacher;
  • Home environments nurture literacy, achievement, and children’s success;
  • Parents have high standards and set high expectations for themselves, their children, and children’s schools;
  • Professionally trained teachers know their students as individuals;
  • Evaluations and program improvements are data driven;
  • Parents and staff work together to continuously evaluate and improve programming;
  • Education includes the development of creativity and perseverance and is multi-disciplinary in order to foster each child’s unique strengths and interests;
  • Developing independent,creative, life-long researchers, education must include curriculum designed to help scholars develop socially and emotionally as well as cognitively;
  • Diversity is celebrated and explored so that learners develop broad perspectives on life and learning;and
  • Parents and caregivers support their children financially and emotionally.

Position Objectives:

  • Determine the needs and provide for the development of children ages birth to six years old
  • Work to create a safe environment for children and act as a role model for teaching staff
  • Promote healthy pregnancies, breast-feeding and healthy parent-infant attachment.
  • Establish a trusting relationship with participants and provide prenatal, labor and postpartum support.
  • Provide culturally sensitive support and serve as a role model to young mothers.

Responsibilities:

  • Provide birthing support. Link pregnant participants to the health care system and facilitate their use of medical resources.
  • Work with other healthcare and support providers to ensure continuity of care.
  • Initiate contact with the program participants as early in their pregnancy as possible.
  • Maintain prenatal contact with the pregnant participant starting in the third trimester.
  • Visit pregnant and parenting participants in their homes and other settings. Organize and facilitate pre-natal group.
  • Prepare mothers-to-before the hospital labor and delivery experience and for their new role as parents.
  • Attend and support the client through labor and delivery and in the initial postpartum period.
  • Visit the mother and baby at home within the first business day after their hospital release.
  • Maintain post partum contact for six to twelve weeks as determined; support breast-feeding and infant care.
  • Provide emotional and logistical support for the new mother. Make appropriate referrals as client needs require. Maintain program participant confidentiality.
  • Meet all reporting and record keeping requirements in compliance with funding agency standards.Maintain equipment used in the position’s responsibilities.
  • Attend Doula trainings and meetings provided by the Ounce of Prevention. Attend weekly staff meetings and all required trainings and conferences.
  • Remain current with regard to issues related to adolescent parenting, new motherhood, pregnancy,labor, delivery and infant concerns, public policy decisions and availability of local resources.

Qualifications:


  • Strong alignment with Christopher House’s Values and Mission;


  • Strong work ethic coupled with a proactive problem-solving approach;


  • Doula training required.Good communication skills and the ability to provide empathy and comfort through words, touch and action. Cultural awareness and sensitivity.


  • Organized with regard to multiple tasks and responsibilities. Able to schedule own workload and appointments and work independently with integrity.


  • Preferably at least three to five years of experience in working with adolescents and pregnant teens, infants and the pre- to – post natal experience.


  • Requires a valid Illinois Driver’s License and insurance, own transportation, and a good driving record. Bilingual English/Spanish preferred.


Education:

High School Diploma or GED


Christopher House is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Professional Level

Professional

Minimum Education Required

High School

How To Apply

gkuechenberg@christopherhouse.org

Please send your resume to gkuechenberg@christoperhouse.org or apply on our website www.christopherhouse.org


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