The Doula Project

Mission: 

The Doula Project is a New York City-based organization that provides free compassionate care and emotional, physical, and informational support to people across the spectrum of pregnancy. The Doula Project works to create a society in which all pregnant people have access to the care and support they need during their pregnancies and the ability to make healthy decisions for themselves, whether they face birth, miscarriage, stillbirth, fetal anomaly, or abortion. The Doula Project has local and national programming. Locally, we organize and train volunteers on the doula model of care in abortion clinics. We place our trained doulas in clinics that we partner with and manage the relationship between the two. We also partner with an adoption agency and birth centers in NYC to provide free birth doula support to their clients. We organize monthly meetings for our doulas which include skills-based trainings and a chance to talk about their experiences as doulas and connect with other doulas in the project. Nationally, we provide training, guidance, and resources to activists and health professionals interested in the abortion doula model of care.

Category: 

  • Reproductive Rights/Justice

Internship description: 

Interns will work with us in both clinical and administrative settings. They will gain hands-on experience as both a birth and abortion doula and participate directly in the workings of the Project. Interns are a critical and invaluable part of the work we do!

Responsibilities:

  • Work in our partner clinics providing full-spectrum doula support to people choosing abortion or experiencing fetal loss
  • Work on the labor and delivery floor of one of NYC's public hospitals to provide birth support
  • Provide programmatic and communications support to the project coordinators, including helping organize monthly meetings, sending out scheduling reminders to doulas, updating our website and social networking sites, editing and writing pieces of our training toolkit, and other tasks

Internship skills needed: 

  • Previous clinical experience ideal
  • Currently a birth doula or willing to seek out training and scholarships with the DPs assistance
  • Strong communication skills
  • Capacity to support people facing difficult and emotional situations
  • Capacity to work in high-stress, high-endurance settings
  • Comfortable working with medical professionals and being exposed to blood and medical procedures
  • Comfortable with touching patients/clients and providing physical support measures
  • Basic computer skills
  • Bilingual candidates strongly preferred

Languages required: 

Bilingual candidates are highly desired, but it is not a requirement of the internship

Location: 

  • New York, NY

How to find us: 

New York City

Work hours: 

Regular office hours and some weekend requirements

Dress code: 

Clinics require scrubs

Office building accessibility: 

Accessible

How many people work at the organization: 

10 people in leadership positions and 70 volunteer doulas

Are there other interns at the organization during the summer: 

Yes

Internship dates: 

Flexible