• BREASTFEEDING PEER COUNSELOR

    Job Locations US-AK-Juneau
    Job ID
    2019-1666
    Category
    HEALTH PROMOTION
    Type
    Intermittent
  • About Us:

    SEARHC is a non-profit health consortium which serves the health interests of the residents of Southeast Alaska. We see our employees as our strongest assets. It is our priority to further their development and our organization by aiding in their professional advancement.

     

    Working at SEARHC is more than a job, it’s a fulfilling career. We offer generous benefits, including retirement, paid time off, paid parental leave, health, dental, and vision benefits, life insurance and long and short-term disability, and more.

    Job Overview:

    A Breastfeeding Peer Counselor is a para-professional support person with a commitment to promote and support the WIC breastfeeding women and her family during non traditional and traditional office hours in coordination with our WIC offices in Juneau, Ketchikan and Sitka.  The support and promotion of breastfeeding promotes life long health benefits and reduced the risk of many chronic diseases for both mother and baby.

     

    Makes appropriate referrals of women to pre determined professionals in each community. Is available via cell phone on an on -call basis weekends and nights 5 pm – 8 am  by responding to messages within 12 hours. Maintains client confidentiality. Makes accurate documentation of consults and contacts. Must have consistent, reliable access to the local WIC clinic.  Must be enthusiastic about breastfeeding and wants to help other mothers enjoy a positive experience. Must have access to reliable transportation, has access to a telephone and is willing to make and accept phone calls from home. Must be available to work approximately 10 hours per week.

    Responsibilities:

    • Responds in timely manner to phone calls, offers breastfeeding encouragement, helps women identify their concerns and barriers around breastfeeding, provides basic education, problem-solving and support, refers women on breastfeeding needs and support.
    • Document all consults and contacts and accurately tracks time worked.
    • Review all contact and consults with WIC Breastfeeding Coordinator, or WIC program designee on weekly basis in person, via email or telephone.
    • Makes notes on every call made and accepted as to what was discussed and advised, notes will be made in the individual chart in the WIC Spirit system

    Qualifications:

    Education/Experience

    • High School Diploma/GED preferred
    • Successful completion of an Alaska WIC Program preapproved Peer Counselor Training Program within one month of hire date.
    • Has successfully breastfed at least one baby for at least 6 months (does not have to be currently breastfeeding)
    • Reflects the population served in age, ethnicity, education and language
    • current or previous WIC participant preferred

    Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:

    Knowledge:

    • Knowledge of current evidence based knowledge of breastfeeding.
    • Knowledge of basic services provided by the WIC program.
    • Knowledge of Increasing or decreasing the breast milk supply, manual expression of breast milk; and safe and effective collection and storage of breast milk.

    Skills:

    • Exhibits good nurturing skills, as well as, model of good parenting skills.
    • Skilled to maintain accurate records of contacts with mothers using correct forms.
    • Skilled to accurately communicate, verbally and written, to clients and WIC staff.
    • Skilled to obtain verbal permission from the mother prior to beginning interactions.
    • Positive communication skills

    Abilities:

    • Ability to identify the need for referral to the breastfeeding coordinator or designee.
    • Ability to provide emotional support to mother and significant other through personal interaction.
    • Ability to maintain strict confidentiality and assess various positioning techniques for mother and baby.

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