Open Arms is deeply committed to nurturing the potential of all doulas, especially those within communities that are most impacted by racial inequity and health disparities. We help connect prospective doulas from underrepresented communities to scholarships and other opportunities.
We are proud that many of our doulas go on to become breastfeeding peer counselors, social workers, lactation consultants and midwives after collaborating with Open Arms.
“Being an Open Arms doula, I am able to develop trusting relationships with pregnant and birthing people in genuine, loving, and authentic ways. Through this connection, I can support them with accessing health care and having the birth experience they want to have in way they may not have otherwise. I love that this relationship is so mutually rewarding: I love learning and growing with my client, and knowing, so fundamentally, that I was able to support them during a crucial and formative experience.”
How to become an Open Arms Doula
Open Arms hires certified and trained birth doulas to provide free of cost, community-based doula support to families. We contract with a core team of doulas who manage either a full- or part- time client caseload. **We are not currently hiring**
Doulas in Our Community
As spots open up on the Doula Services Team, we consult the Doulas in Our Community list to fill the space. We refer people to this list when they do not qualify for our services or when our caseload is full. Families are welcome to contact Doulas in Our Community directly for birth or postpartum services.
If you want to know more about becoming an Open Arms Doula, we’d love to hear from you.