DCC New Member Application

Applications are CLOSED.

Thank you for your interest in joining our non-profit doula association! Once submitted and reviewed you will receive an invoice via email from wecare@doulascarecollective.com.

Membership

The Doulas Care Collective is a not-for-profit organization that seeks to unite birth workers. The organization provides support, resources, community connections, networking opportunities and business development education. The Doulas Care Collective focuses on bringing more awareness to the roles and benefits of a doula for pregnant, birthing, and postpartum families through a variety of events in the communities of South Florida. The collective is especially helpful if you are new to the doula profession and are looking to learn from others’ experiences in both doula support and business development. The dues collected each year are used for marketing and advertising activities that benefit the Members of the Doulas Care Collective.

Advertising Activities

SOCIAL MEDIA: The Doulas Care Collective pays for sponsored ads on Facebook and/or Instagram for the Collective’s Events, ie. Expos, Workshops, etc. Members may add the Doulas Care Collective as a host for their Facebook events. Members are encouraged to share and promote Doulas Care Collective social media posts to boost awareness and attendance. Additionally, the Doulas Care Collective runs a Facebook group of local birth professionals and childbearing families in South Florida. Content created by The Collective includes upcoming Doulas Care Collective events, member highlights, educational material, and other birth related events occurring in the community.

PRINT: The Doulas Care Collective’s branded print advertising includes, but is not limited to posters, flyers, and brochures. Our members and founders will ensure the materials are distributed to ideal venues in the area.

EXPOS & FAIRS: The Doulas Care Collective participates in local events each year as vendors, hosts or participants. The focus of such events is to educate community members regarding doula services and to bring awareness to the Doulas Care Collective. Each good or service in the Collective is equally represented. Members are responsible for their own personal marketing materials, ie. business cards, flyers, brochures, framed 8 ½’ x 11’ business representation, etc.

CALENDAR & EVENTS: Collective Members are invited to participate in Doulas Care Collective Events at no additional cost. Events range from skill trainings, and business education, to emotional support focused programs. In-person and virtual events will be offered throughout the year. Additionally, your business events and classes may be added to our online calendar. (Send event details to wecare@doulascollective.com).

WEBSITE MEMBER LISTING: Includes a headshot (provided by the member), name and title, hyperlinks to website and social media platforms, phone number, email, and list of services offered. An online membership form will be emailed after the member contract is signed to provide this information. If your business includes a team, more than one employee, you may submit a photo of one of your employees, or a group photo. You may choose to have all of your employees listed under the “name and title,” but only one website, email, and phone number may be listed.

CONTACTS: We collect contact information from community members for giveaway entries and to be shared to interested parties in The Collective. These contacts are shared with Members after each event and Members may reach out to the contacts who are interested in their goods and services.

Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteering is NOT required, although always encouraged. When opportunities are available these are emailed and mentioned in our member meetings, as well as on social media.

Mission

The Doulas Care Collective’s mission is for families of South Florida to have access to supportive care and evidence-based education in the childbearing years. We strengthen the community by connecting families to services that are in line with their goals and philosophy. We also provide a network for local birth professionals to work together and support one another through fellowship, collaboration, education, and community relations.

Purpose

This MEMBERSHIP AGREEMENT is to establish a cooperative relationship between the Doulas Care Collective and its Members to further the mission stated above.

Eligibility

Membership is open to any individual or business that supports the mission of the Doulas Care Collective and provides goods or services related to childbearing families in our South Florida communities. We encourage our birth community members to support each other’s individual businesses and find ways to collaborate. We believe that we can do more together and that there is plenty of business in our community for all of us!

Application Process

Those interested in membership may fill out and submit the form on the next page. After the Doulas Care Collective receives the application, the Membership Committee Chair will send an email of denial or approval to the email address provided in the application. An invoice will be emailed with instructions regarding submission of payment. Membership is active once the Doulas Care Collective receives the signed agreement and dues payment. Once active, we will list you and your business on our website directory and send you a welcome letter.

Membership renewals will occur on an annual basis, in February. Invoices will be emailed and dues MUST be received no later than February 15th. In the event you have concerns please contact us at wecare@doulascarecollective.com.

Member Meetings

The Doulas Care Collective provides quarterly meetings. It is not required for doula members to attend, but highly encouraged. It is an opportunity to meet other doulas, learn the inner workings of the Doulas Care Collective, receive details about upcoming events, and explore various topics that may impact you, your business, your clients, and the greater community.

Networking

The Doulas Care Collective aims to host a minimum of one community networking opportunity per year. Other Doulas Care Collective events may feature Community Partners in the birth community which also provide networking opportunities. Members are not required to participate, but are highly encouraged. ALL local birth professionals are invited to the free networking event, not just Doulas Care Collective Members.

Communication

The Doulas Care Collective relies on communication via email, in-app communication via Discord, and a private Facebook group. Members will receive emails and notices communicating the details of the Doulas Care Collective’s upcoming events and information about the Collective’s needs. It is the Member’s responsibility to read those communications and respond accordingly. Occasionally, more than one email will be sent in a calendar month. As of 2021, the majority of Doulas Care Collective communication is via Discord, organized into channels to keep topics organized. Members are not required to join either Discord or Facebook, but understand they may miss out on events and relevant topics if they do not participate.

Please note that it is up to the Member to provide their website information and materials for events. The Doula’s Care Collective and its members learn and grow together. Occasionally additional requests are asked of the members to help grow the business and educate the families in the area. Members’ participation is always optional, but highly encouraged.

Member Applications are CLOSED.

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