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Abortion Doula Program

The Doula Program Application Process

  • When applying please check your junk or SPAM folder for the invitation for a phone screening.
  • This volunteer opportunity requires a background check once a volunteer offer is extended to the final candidate. PPAZ does not discriminate and understands the many barriers candidates may face when applying to volunteer; one of those barriers being the current criminal justice system and its effect on background checks. We understand that these barriers more often negatively impact BIPOC, and as an organization, we are working to eliminate those barriers.
  • A conviction is not an absolute bar to volunteer. Factors such as the age of the offense, evidence of rehabilitation, seriousness of violation, and volunteer relatedness are considered in all volunteer decisions. PPAZ encourages all interested parties to apply for this position.

Planned Parenthood Arizona is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Requirements for Doula Work:

  • Experience as a doula is ideal.
  • Excellent verbal and written English communication skills. Bilingual Spanish a plus.
  • Ability to communicate professionally in a non-judgmental manner with individuals of diverse backgrounds.
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality and exercise sensitivity in dealing with sexuality and reproductive health care choices of all patients.
  • Proficient with email communications and access to video conferencing software.
  • Must be able to coordinate personal transportation for scheduled shifts.

Helpful skills or experience for doula work:

Although there are no particular experience required to be accepted into the Doula Program, the following experience and/or skills will be beneficial to our patients:

  • Crisis counseling or any kind of counseling experience or credentials
  • Touch techniques to calm physical reactions to anxiety or pain
  • Experience with transgender transition therapy

Planned Parenthood embraces health equity, diversity and inclusion for the richness it brings to our organization and to ensure that we represent our patient community. 

Once your application has been accepted:

  • We are expanding doula services to all 7 clinics to cover family planning. Glendale and Tucson will include Abortion Services. 
  • Submit documentation of required vaccinations, onboarding, and training needed for compliance each year. 
    • Required vaccines include:

    • Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR)
    • Hepatitis B
    • COVID 19
    • Two-step Tuberculosis skin test
  • Attend a Health Center tour.
  • Attend training provided for the Doula Program. In-person attendance is required for the training.   
  • Sign-up for at least two shifts each month; notify Doula Program coordinator of first shift to ensure observation.
  • Meet with patients in the Health Center to provide support and complete shifts in appropriate attire. May be exposed to bodily fluids.
  • Promptly communicate with the Doula Program coordinator regarding program updates or participation needs and issues.
  • Submit PPAZ Doula Shift Report Out form after every shift.
  • This is an unpaid, volunteer-only position.

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