Doula Project Volunteer Application 2019
The Doula Project is seeking thoughtful, awesome, caring New York City-based volunteers!

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.

We strongly encourage people of color, Indigenous people; people with dis/abilities; trans* or genderqueer identified people; queer-identified people; people born outside the USA; Spanish speakers; people living with HIV/AIDS; and people of faith to apply. You do not need to be a documented USA citizen in order to apply.

People with flexible/free weekdays are ideal. Priority will be given to those who can commit to at least two shifts on weekdays per month. You MUST be a resident of the NYC metro area at the time you submit your application. Only people committed to a minimum of one year of volunteering with The Doula Project will be accepted into this training.

If you are interested in working with us, we are accepting applications now through midnight on February 10th 2019. We do not accept late applications. Decisions will be made in early April; please do not enquire about the status of your application before then.

Training Cost: We ask for a sliding-scale donation of $25-$150 to support training costs. No questions asked if you are unable to pay for training.

If you have any access needs related to this application, please contact

What is a doula?
Doulas provide emotional support, pain management and relaxation techniques, and information to their clients as needed. We practice what we call “Full Spectrum Pregnancy Support.” That means that doulas are present for our clients regardless of what their pregnancy outcomes are: we are present with clients who have chosen to terminate a pregnancy, who are experiencing miscarriage, stillbirth, or perinatal loss or anomaly, who have created adoption plans, and who are planning to parent.
About The Doula Project
The Doula Project is a pro-choice New York City-based organization that was started in 2007 to provide free services to lower-income individuals across the spectrum of pregnancy. It was founded by pro-choice doulas and reproductive justice activists. The Project is an almost completely volunteer-led and run organization that trains and manages its own doula base. We currently have 3 programs that serve the greater NYC area:

1) To provide doula care to people facing abortion, miscarriage, and stillbirth (in partnership with a public hospital and Planned Parenthood). You do not have to be a birth doula to serve as an abortion doula. We train our own volunteers on this component of care.

2) To provide doula care to patients on the Labor and Delivery Floor in partnership with a public hospital. These shifts are an opportunity to support patients who would otherwise not have access to a birth doula. Prenatal and postpartum meetings are not part of birth doula shifts. Doulas on these birth shifts work under the midwifery practice at the hospital.

3) To provide doula care on a case by case basis to lower-income individuals who are not affiliated with either of our partner organizations. We do not require a lot of experience, only a formal doula training with an established program or other significant birth experience.

We are recruiting doulas for all components of our mission, though priority is given to those who are interested in being both Birth and Abortion Doulas. You are also required to attend all components of our training.

Are you available for ALL hours of the 2019 training? *
Friday, May 31st, 5:30pm to 9pm; Saturday, June 1st, 8:45am to 5pm, and Sunday, June 2nd, 8:45am to 5pm
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