Perinatal Support Specialist FAQ's

What is a PSP?


The Perinatal Support Professional is a certified birth professional. This contractor is highly trained and skilled in various areas, including labor support, stress management, emotional support, breastfeeding, contraception education, smoking cessation as well as case management, peer to peer interaction and collectivism.


How is a PSP different from a doula?


A PSP is a highly trained and specialized doula who is able to support mother and families from 10 weeks pregnant through 1 year postpartum. What our PSP do is above and beyond the normal scope of traditional doula work.


How do I become certified?


All certification is done in-house by Birthing Beautiful Communities. The cost for training and certification is $800.00 with intent to provide clients and contract with those who complete certification. An interview is required before certification can begin.

Is there a payment plan?


Payment plans are worked out on an individual basis: weekly, biweekly pay schedules are available for those who need time to pay. Scholarships from community and church groups are up to the candidate to secure.

Will I be able to see private clients while contracted with BBC?


Absolutely! We want every contractor to be an entrepreneur and understand how to use birth work to build their own business in addition to working with our clients.

Will previous doula certification outside of BBC be accepted?


What we do at BBC is unique to our organization and includes 10 modules of training. We are not able to verify that outside doula training adequately aligns with our mission. Anyone who is certified as a doula can still apply and train for PSP training but the 800.00 cost is still required to cover the 10 modules.

Is this a full time or part time contract?


This is a part time contract position, which means you are able to keep any other fulltime and part time employment you have. This also means you are able to make decisions around how and when you work as long as the work is completed within the contract guidelines agreed upon. Since the Perinatal Support Specialist is a part time contractor position, this position will not replace fulltime employment. PSP Certification is REQUIRED before contract.

Who is best for this role?


The Perinatal Support Specialist will be a detailed, mostly self-directed and disciplined team member with a passion for birth equity, improving birth outcomes and supporting mothers during all perinatal stages. The purpose of this position is to ensure positive birth outcomes in the Akron and Cleveland community identified hotspots. This roles requires training with little to absences, some travel, and organization to insure time management and modeling for clients.


A secondary function is to insure the program can run efficiently and has the support of all Perinatal Support Person. PSP will be asked to understand office function and can carry out some day to day administrative activities effectively including data reporting and client encounter case notes required to sustain the organization.


This person will work with BBC administrative team to ensure successful operations of all Birthing Beautiful Communities functions. Some volunteering is expected to push the program forward.



What are the Job duties?


  • Able to serve clients with different backgrounds, family cultures, and needs

  • Data reporting

  • Aware of the community she serves and able to do some community outreach

  • Creates Birth Plan with Client

  • Provides Continuous Labor Support

  • Provides 1 on 1 and group childbirth education for client and family

  • Provides support during pregnancy, labor and/ or postpartum

  • Encourage Breastfeeding and provide some basic peer breastfeeding counseling

  • Assist client in creating a Self Sufficiency Plan

  • Provides sex and reproductive health education

  • Provide contraception education

  • Managing filing system for assigned clients.

  • Recording information and notes as needed.

  • Keep track BBC schedules and calendars.

  • Updating paperwork, maintaining documents and word processing.

  • Helping organize and maintain office common areas including vacuuming and dishwashing as needed.

  • Performing general office clerk duties and errands when needed.

  • Maintaining supply inventory.

  • Maintaining office equipment as needed.

  • Creating, maintaining, and entering information into databases.

  • Assist in creating, and writing class materials such as PowerPoint presentations, agendas,

  • Assist with classes for clients and future independent Perinatal Support Persons

  • Attend staff meetings and professional development and assist as needed

  • Attend meetings, conferences, community events and workshops pertaining to BBC, BBC work or maternal - child health as able.


What are the Requirements?


  • Completed Perinatal Support Professional training

  • Social emotional training certification

  • Knowledge of and experience working with pregnant women, women with small children

  • Culturally aware and understanding of systemic racism and its effects

  • Proficient with Mac and PC, word processing systems such as Microsoft Office Suite, Google Docs and email

  • Strong organizational skills

  • Able to lift up to 20 pounds

  • Flexibility in schedule to serve clients on an as needed basis

Questions? Give us a call. 216-307-1538.

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