Breastfeeding Peer Counselor, Grady County, Oklahoma

Employer Oklahoma State Department of Health
Created 11/23/2022
Reference 579817
Job type Full Time
Country United States
State Oklahoma
City Grady County
Job Posting Title
Breastfeeding Peer Counselor

Agency
340 OKLAHOMA STATE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH

Supervisory Organization
340 District 6

Job Posting End Date (Continuous if Blank)

Note: Applications will be accepted until 11:59 PM on the day prior to the posting end date above.

Estimated Appointment End Date (Continuous if Blank)
November 06, 2022

Full/Part-Time
Part time

Job Type
Temporary

Compensation
Salary based on education and experience up to $16,433.55

Job Description

Position Summary

A WIC Breastfeeding Peer Counselor is a paraprofessional support person who gives basic breastfeeding information and encouragement to WIC pregnant and breastfeeding mothers.

Qualifications:

Breastfeeding Peer Counselors are a special group of women who are able to model good parenting skills, as well as breastfeeding skills. Their responsibilities will include being positive role models and positive representatives of WIC and the Breastfeeding Peer Counselor program. When recruiting Breastfeeding Peer Counselors, local agencies shall choose mothers who meet all of the following criteria:

1. Are receiving or have received WIC services

2. Have successfully breastfed at least one baby (do not currently have to be breastfeeding, however at least six months of breastfeeding experience is preferred)

3. Possesses good communication skills

4. Have access to a telephone and reliable transportation

5. Are enthusiastic about breastfeeding and have a desire to help other mothers enjoy a positive experience

Mandatory Training:

Breastfeeding Peer Counselors will receive all of the following training:

1. OSDH WIC Service Breastfeeding Peer Counselor Orientation

2. An approved basic Breastfeeding Educator Course (completion required within one year of employment and refresher completed at least every three years)

3. Breast pump training

4. Scheduled Breastfeeding Peer Counselor in-services

Recommended Training:

It is recommended that Breastfeeding Peer Counselors attend the OSDH WIC Service Annual WIC Breastfeeding Conference.

Referrals:

Breastfeeding Peer Counselors will make immediate referrals according to the individual local agency’s established referral system when they encounter:

1. Breastfeeding problems outside the normal breastfeeding experience.

2. Breastfeeding problems that are not resolved within 24 hours of the Breastfeeding Peer Counselor’s intervention.

3. Problems in an area other than breastfeeding.

4. Issues beyond their scope of expertise.

General Duties:

Duties not listed must be approved through the state Breastfeeding Peer Counseling Specialist and the local Administrative Director. Under the supervision of the local Breastfeeding Peer Counselor Coordinator, Breastfeeding Peer Counselors will perform any or all of the following duties:

1. Support WIC mothers during a normal breastfeeding experience

2. Counsel new WIC mothers at certification

3. Promote breastfeeding to WIC participants

4. Address specific concerns of WIC expectant/breastfeeding mothers and correct misinformation

5. Share WIC-approved breastfeeding educational materials with participants

6. Counsel WIC pregnant and breastfeeding mothers over the telephone and in person (one-on-one) at scheduled intervals

7. Follow up on WIC participants according to protocol (Refer to the Breastfeeding Peer Counseling Training Manual for recommended contact frequency.)

8. Be available to WIC participants outside usual clinic hours and outside the WIC clinic environment

9. Provide participants the phone number to the Oklahoma Breastfeeding Hotline for additional breastfeeding support from International Board Certified Lactation Consultants 24 hours per day/7 days a week

10. Provide support and information to WIC breastfeeding mothers who may need help and/or advice to continue breastfeeding while working or going to school

11. Issue breast pumps and maintain breast pump inventory (Must complete formal breast pump training prior to issuing breast pumps)

12. Document appropriate counseling information, such as participant name, date, and time spent with participants in clinic records within 24 hours of contact

13. Complete and turn in Breastfeeding Peer Counseling Monthly Activity Report to the local Breastfeeding Peer Counseling Coordinator by the fifth day of the following month

Physical Demands and Work Environment

Work is typically performed in an office setting with a climate controlled settings and exposure to moderate noise level. While performing the duties of the job, employee is required to talk, stand, walk, and reach with hands and arms. This position requires long period of sitting and daily use of computer and phone.

Equal Opportunity Employment

The State of Oklahoma is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of genetic information, race, religion, color, sex, age, national origin, or disability.

Current State of Oklahoma employees must apply for open positions through their Workday account. Go to Careers app on WD home screen>Click on 'Find Jobs-Internal State of Oklahoma'.

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