Mama Bamba Standards of Practise and Code of Ethics

I. Scope

  1. Services provided. The doula provides emotional and physical support and guidance for women and their partners in labour. The doula creates a sacred birthing space that is trustworthy and dependable. The doula provides pre- and post-partum emotional support. The doula provides assistance to the client in making informed decisions about her care throughout the perinatal period. The advocacy role is best described as support, information, and mediation or negotiation.
  2. Limits to Practice. Mama Bamba Doula’s do not perform clinical or medical tasks, diagnose or treat their clients. The Doula does not speak on behalf of or make decisions for the client.
  3. Referrals. For client needs beyond the scope of the doula’s training, referrals are made to appropriate resources.

II. Provision of Care

The doula ensures that in the event of not being able to fulfill planned services the doula will provide back-up arrangements with another doula to ensure services to the client. If the doula feels unable to provide competent, compassionate care to an established client, it is the doula’s responsibility to notify the client and refer the client to an appropriate replacement. 

III. Certification

  1. Training. Attend a 10 day Mama Bamba Training Workshop. Attend a lactation workshop with an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant. Doulas who are certified by Mama Bamba will have completed all the requirements as set forth in the Mama Bamba requirements for birth.
  2. Membership. To maintain certification Mama Bamba doulas are required to pay an annual membership fee. 

Mama Bamba Code of Ethics

I. Conduct

  1. Appropriate behavior. The doula will display professional conduct at all times when working as a doula.
  2. Competence and Professional Development. The doula should become and remain proficient in the professional practice through continuing education, and associations with other birth doulas.
  3. Integrity. The doula should maintain the highest standards of professional integrity.

II. Responsibility to Clients

  1. The doula’s primary responsibility is to the clients. The doula promotes empowerment in the clients. The confidentiality and privacy of the client is non-negotiable. The doula honours all commitments made to the client. 
  2. Fees, services provided, terms of payment and refund policies must be clearly stated to the client.

III. Ethical Responsibility to Colleagues

  1. The doula should treat colleagues and clients of colleagues with professionalism, respect, courtesy, fairness and good faith.
  2. The doula should always be aware of her own professional conduct online on any of the social media platforms which include but are not restricted to, Facebook, Whatsapp, Instagram, LinkedIn, Twitter. The doula should always try to not cause disrepute to the training organization, or the doula industry. The doula should familiarized herself with the country and ethical laws governing defamation, hate speech, plagiarism and copyright. The doula should also refrain from using names of people, institutions or organizations without their consent.

IV. Ethical Responsibility to the Birth Doula Profession

  1. The doula should uphold and advance the values, ethics, knowledge, integrity and mission of the profession.
  2. Community Service. The doula is encouraged to give back to the community and to foster love and sacredness in the birthing world.
  3. The doula honours and respects the client’s caregivers. Behaving outside of the doula scope of practice brings the doula profession into disrepute.
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