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Birth Assistant

Location:Portland, OR
Benefits:Medical/Vision, Dental/Orthodontia, 401(k), Employer Paid Long Term Disability Insurance, Employer Paid Life & Accidental Death & Dismemberment Insurance, Voluntary Short Term Disability Insurance, Voluntary Life Insurance, Voluntary Long Term Care, Flexible Spending Medical, Dependent Care, & Transportation Accounts, Paid Time Off & Holidays, Life Balance Program, Employee Assistance Program, Tuition Reimbursement
Employment Type:Full Time
Clinic:Birth Center (Portland)

We wake up for women, every day. We’re inspired by their strength, their stories and the choices they make in pursuing health for themselves and their families. Our vision is that every woman will have the care and knowledge she needs to lead a full and healthy life. Will you help us achieve it?

We are seeking a Birth Assistant to join us at our new Birth Center location opening January 2017! This position will provide efficient, timely and effective clinical triage, medical advice, patient education, health information or referral services to patients both over the telephone and during postpartum visits. They will also assist midwives at births and provide postpartum care for families.

*This is a 40 hr/wk position (Monday-Friday) that will evolve into two 12 hr day shifts and two 12 hr night call shifts mid-March.


  • Provide on-call coverage for birth assistance, after birth care, lactation support and home visits.
  • Support the CNM in the care of a laboring patient, including maternal vital signs, intermittent Fetal heart monitoring, labor support, monitoring maternal intake and output (hydration, eating, elimination), IV starts and venipuncture, medication administration, set-up supplies and instruments for birth.
  • Double check emergency medical equipment is available and properly functioning
  • Assist CNM with other emergencies (e.g. postpartum hemorrhage) and independently administer NRP if necessary. Ensures emergency medical equipment is available and properly functioning.
  • Assist with hospital transfers when necessary.
  • Assist CNM in neonatal care including newborn exam, and medications.
  • Facilitate skin to skin care and breast feeding. Promote a philosophy of maternal/infant care that advocates breastfeeding and supports the normal physiologic functions involved in the establishment of this maternal/infant process.
  • Assist mothers with comfort measures.
  • Provide discharge instructions.
  • Assist with car seat.
  • Facilitate Birth Certificate and social security processing.
  • Restock birth room with supplies that were used, and provide basic cleaning and sanitation in the rooms.
  • Separate laundry and start laundry at birth center.
  • Provide direct patient care for mom and baby in home setting.
  • Assess, plan, implement and evaluate patient care needs. This includes assessing patient’s condition, triaging patient phone calls, counseling patients, providing patient education, taking patient histories, administering prescribed medications, and monitoring patient vital signs.
  • Answer telephone calls, effectively identify and prioritize problems, assess acuity levels.
  • Make triage judgments, schedule appointments, fax and phone in prescriptions and complete necessary paperwork.
  • Return all patient telephone calls during the same day.
  • Provide emotional and psychological support to patients and/or their guests.
  • Follow guidelines and protocols and consult with clinicians when necessary.
  • Adhere to infection control policies and protocols, medication administration and storage procedures and controlled substance regulations.
  • Document significant information about patients into EMR and maintain patients’ electronic charts per established guidelines.
  • Counsel and educate patients over the telephone on pregnancy issues including preterm labor, labs, diet, exercise, and medications.
  • Participate in preparation and compliance with birth center accreditation process.
  • Review and maintain various logs and records.
  • Maintain professional and technical knowledge.
  • Maintain an organized, clean and functional workspace.
  • Maintain cooperative relationships with clinicians, clinical and patient services staff.
  • Take responsibility for and demonstrate safe work practices.
  • Maintain regular and predictable attendance.
  • Maintain WHA confidentiality standards.
  • Attend WHA and Midwifery Birth Center meetings.
  • Model The Values Statement and The Patient Experience of WHA.
  • Current licensure as a Registered Nurse or Certified Nurse Midwife in the State of Oregon or current Certified Professional Midwife credential required.
  • Minimum of one year experience in labor and delivery or birth services required with lactation consulting experience preferred.
  • CPR, NRP, and BLS certification required.
  • Current driver’s license and vehicle, or ability to procure transportation to patients’ homes.
  • Knowledge of medical charting processes and procedures required. Prior experience with or the ability to learn electronic medical records software required.
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a fast-paced environment and effectively work with others.
  • Knowledge of medical terminology and ICD-10 and CPT coding.
  • Knowledge of contraceptives, hormones and medications compatible with pregnancy and lactation.
  • Knowledge of examination, diagnostic and treatment modalities required.
  • Must be able to successfully complete a background check and pre-employment drug test.
  • Ability to demonstrate The Values Statement and The Patient Experience of WHA.
  • Ability to perform the essential functions of the job.

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