It is required that the following items are compiled with to obtain certification.
- Complete Doulagivers® End-of-Life Training Levels I, II, & III
- Online Training Series
- Live workshops.
- Pass Final Exam – Score of 85% or higher
- Complete 30 hours of documented support provided to patients and their loved ones.
- Provide end-of-life doula support to several clients.
- Must attend two(2) vigils
- Must be present for two (2) deaths
- Minimum of 6 patients (can count up to 5 hrs of service per patient)
- Provide documentation signed off by a professional directly associated with the patients care. (application package contains form)
In order to be certified applicants must obtain verification of service hours performed in direct support of an individual during the end of life processes. This can be done through volunteering with your local hospital or hospice organization. The hands on practical application of teachings will further develop your ability to serve individuals at end of life as you apply the knowledge you have obtained during the workshops.
- Develop a list of Community Resources
There will be times when you must have resources available to educate, or refer you clients in regards to the various local services that are available to them.
- Develop a list of no less than 15 community resources that are available.
- Your listing must Include: Name of Agency or Organization, website, social medial links, phone number, and what services they offer.
- The resources must be local to your geographical and include sources that are applicable to planning for and receiving care for end-of-life.
- Some Examples Include:
- Local Funeral Homes
- Local Home Funeral Guides
- Local Advance Care Planning Resources
- Local Greif Support
- Completion of required texts from the Required Reading List.
- You must read a total of five (5) books from the required reading list.
- Sign attestation of completion. – (application package contains form)
- Complete Level 2 Background Clearance.
If the hospice or facility in which you obtain contact hours conducts a background check; verification of clearance from that facility is acceptable.
- Letter of Reference from two (2) Professional Contacts – (application package contains request)
- Shadowing/ Mentor discussions with a Certified Doula 10 hours minimum
- Spend a minimum of ten (10) hours with a certified EOL Doula either in person, phone, or other electronic communications.
- Submit documentation signed by mentor and mentee verifying hours. – (application package contains form)
- Endorsed/Sponsored by Certified Doula
- Each candidate applying for certification must obtain sponsorship from a Doulagivers® Certified Doula. – (application package contains form)
- Signed Doulagivers Code of Ethics – (application package contains form)
- Signed Doulagivers Scope of Practice – (application package contains form)
- Active Doulagivers Membership $149
On an annual basis it is required that the following items are compiled with to maintain certification.
- Maintain an Active Doulagivers® Membership. – $149 Annually
- Serve a minimum of four (4) separate families per year.
- Maintain a log of the patients you serve throughout the year.
- Case Studies –We ask that you keep a journal to document your experiences as you serve patients and families at end of life.
- Select and provide two journal entries.
- Explain why you selected those entries.
- Mentor a Doulagivers Trainee – 10 hrs. minimum.
- This can be accomplished by allowing them to physically shadow you or communication via electronic means such as skype or email.
- You must provide documentation of the mentorship provided. (package contains form)
- Mentee Evaluation – Obtain Evaluation from Doula in training that received mentorship
- Completed evaluation form sent directly from Mentee to Doulagivers. (package contains form)
Every Three Years it is required that the following items are compiled with for re-certification.
- Complete 15 hours of CEU – from Doulagivers approved trainings.
- Provide documentation of training completed.
- Family Evaluations – Obtain evaluation from a minimum of four (4) family members
- Evaluations must be obtained from separate families. It cannot be two members of the same family that you provided services to.
- Evaluation sent directly from Family to Doulagivers. (package contains form)
- Professional Evaluations – Obtain evaluation from a minimum of four (4) professionals associated with the family you supported.
- The evaluation may be from hospice volunteer coordinator, social worker, nurse, or Chaplin. The evaluations must be from separate families served.
- Evaluation sent directly from Professional directly to Doulagivers. (package contains form)
CODE OF ETHICS
RULES OF CONDUCT
- Integrity – An End-of-Life Doula should maintain the highest standards of professional integrity.
- Propriety – The community of End-of-Life Doulas is international and as such EOL Doulas must represent themselves with high standards of personal conduct and professionalism; addressing colleagues with respect, courtesy, and good faith regardless of end-of-life affiliation.
- Competence: An End-of-life Doula will accurately represent themselves as competent within the boundaries of their training, knowledge, experience, and credentials.
- Discrimination: EOL Doulas will not discriminate, condone, or turn a blind eye to any discrimination based on ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, etc. associated with the care of the dying person.
- Dishonesty, fraud, and Deception: EOL Doulas will not take part in, condone, or turn a blind eye to dishonesty, fraud, or deception of the patient, family, or caregivers they are working with.
- Inappropriate relationships: An EOL doula will not engage in sexual relations, contact, verbal exchanges, or innuendo of any kind under any circumstances with the patient, family member, friend, or professional caregiver during the time that the EOL Doula is serving a patient and their family.
ETHICAL RESPONSIBILITY TO PATIENT
- Availability of Service: If unable to provide services to families needing assistance referral to another End-of-Life Doula or Doulagivers ® is necessary. No one in need should be turned away.
- Autonomy: An EOL Doula should make every effort to afford patients the ability to maintain autonomy and control whenever possible, making their own choices.
- Confidentiality: An End-of-Life- Doula will maintain respect for the patient and family by maintaining privacy and confidentially regarding personal health or related information about the dying person. With permission information regarding the case may be shared in peer meetings with all Personal Identifiable Information being omitted.
- Dignity: EOL Doulas will make every effort to help the dying person maintain their sense of dignity in the face of decline.
- Fees: An EOL Doula must set fees that are reasonable and commensurate with the services offered. They should also be in accordance with prevailing rates for EOL doula services in the geographical area. Furthermore fees will be set within the ability of the person or family to pay and must be agreed to prior to beginning of services. Consider reduced rates if possible or make appropriate referral as necessary to ensure no one is turned away from end-of-life services.
As a certified End of Life Doula you promise to practice your profession with integrity, honesty, truthfulness and adherence to the absolute obligation to safely care for your patient and their loved ones. You promise to act according to the highest goals and visions of Doulagivers End of Life Doulas. This includes but is not limited to no prejudice or judgment, respecting others opinions, always working to the best of your ability, always meeting your families and patient “where they are” in their process. The EOL Doula will ask for help from the central office on any situations that she/he is not sure how to handle. The EOLD always has the patient and family’s best interest first in all situations.
SCOPE OF PRACTICE
Services Rendered: An End-of-Life (EOL) Doula is a non-medical professional that provides physical, emotional, and spiritual support to the patient, family, loved ones, friends, and their support networks. An EOL Doula will assist the family with understanding the natural process while providing suggestions for comfort and support. This holistic support for the dying and their loved ones will occur before, during, and after death.
Every patient and family served is unique and services will be tailored to their individual needs.
The goal of an EOL Doula is to collaborate with hospice, palliative team, and other healthcare professionals to create a dynamic support system ensuring the highest quality of life for a patients end-of-life care. Referrals to appropriate professional and community resources will be made as needed for services that are outside of the EOL Doula scope of practice.
An EOL Doula will provide education regarding the end-of-life processes and options available so that patients and families can make informed decisions about their care. An EOL doula is not a medical provider and as such any information or advice given should be viewed in that light.
Limits to Practice: Doulagivers ® standards and certification apply only to the physical, emotional, spiritual, and educational support at end-of-life. EOL Doulas do not perform any medical tasks such as administering medication, taking blood pressure or temperature, providing wound care, empty or change catheter, or change a dying persons diaper regardless of their background or licensure outside of the EOL Doula training and scope of practice. Those EOL Doulas with additional training (i.e. Nurses, social worker, CNAs, massage therapist, herbalist etc.) serving the dying who chose to work outside of the scope of practice as an EOL Doula must identify themselves with such credentials allowing transparency and avoiding confusion regarding the role of a EOL Doula. The additional modalities outside of the scope of an EOL Doula must be identified as an additional service.
Advocacy: An EOL Doula supports their client by advocating for their autonomy in choices and by encouraging communication with family, caregivers, and professionals working in direct care of the patient.
Professional Conduct: An EOL Doula working under this scope of practice agrees to the following:
- To demonstrate integrity and ethical standards in their professional conduct.
- To respond to clients and potential clients within the courteous and professional timeframe of no more than 48 hours. If the EOL Doula is unavailable for some period of time due to vacation or leave from doula work they will communicate that to those that contact them, to avoid the feeling of non-responsiveness from the doula community.
- To not impose their own values or beliefs on patient or clients served.
- That no confidential information received in a professional capacity from their client will be divulged. This includes all cases discussed in peer review meetings – Age and Diagnosis can be discussed but no Personal Identifier Information (PII).
- Make every effort to honor agreements and contracts for professional services and providing back up doula care should they be unable to meet commitments.
- Introduce patient and care team to back up EOL Doula.
- Follow up to ensure patient needs are being met.
- At all times engage with colleagues in an ethical, professional, and respectful manner.
- Promote ethical conduct within the profession.