Perinatal Health Educator/Lactation Specialist

    • Job Tracking ID: 512365-646300
    • Job Location: Petaluma, CA
    • Job Level: Mid Career (2+ years)
    • Level of Education: BA/BS
    • Job Type: Part-Time/Regular
    • Date Updated: August 29, 2018
    • Years of Experience: 2 - 5 Years
    • Starting Date: ASAP
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Job Description:

The Petaluma Health Center’s mission is to provide high quality health care, with access for all, in Southern Sonoma County. The Center accomplishes this mission through collaborative, innovative programs, services and referral resources that meet the economic needs of the entire community.

The Petaluma Health Center is an eight-time award winner in the North Bay Business Journal’s Best Places to Work for 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011 and 2009 and we were named as one of '2015 Healthiest Companies in the North Bay' by the North Bay Business Journal.

We are a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) that provides primary medical care and mental health services to residents of Petaluma, Rohnert Park, Cotati, Penngrove and surrounding areas. We are organized as a private, non-profit corporation and governed by a consumer and community led Board of Directors.

For more information about us, please visit us at

Position Title: Perinatal Health Educator/Lactation Specialist

Summary: The Perinatal Health Educator/Lactation Specialist is responsible for providing education, counseling and support for OB patients and their families.

Areas of Responsibility:

  • Counseling patients in smoking cessation, dental health, parenting skills, breastfeeding, the basics of labor and delivery, infant care, birth control
  • Teaching classes in group settings such as CPR class, car seat safety, prenatal exercise, labor and delivery preparation, birth control, infant growth and development and basic parenting skills
  • Coordinating hospital tours for expecting parents
  • Postpartum education and care management in the hospital setting, including data entry of delivery statistics and basic newborn information
  • Assists patients with the completion of enrollment forms for WIC, disability, breast pump programs, and any additional applicable programs
  • Counsels patients and seeks appropriate referrals for assistance with domestic violence, mental health, access to emergency food and/or shelter
  • Effectively communicates with OB Case Manager and other members of the health care team


Experience and Skills:

Qualifications: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. 


  • Bachelor’s degree preferred
  • One year of perinatal care and/ or education experience preferred
  • One to three years of experience teaching in both individual and group settings
  • Electronic Medical Records experience preferred

Desired Skills:

  • Knowledge of local educational resources, such as breast feeding, nutrition and parenting
  • Knowledge of various health services throughout the community
  • Knowledge of basic medical and perinatal terminology, procedures, and symptoms

Licenses and Certifications:

  • Lactation Education Certification required
  • IBCLC certification preferred; will consider a certificate in progress
  • Certificate of training as a Comprehensive Perinatal Health Worker through the California Comprehensive Perinatal Services Program  preferred
  • Valid CA Driver’s License

Language Skills:  Good written and verbal communication skills in Spanish and English

Mathematical Skills:  Ability to add, subtract, multiply, divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions and decimals 

Reasoning Ability:  Ability to recognize problems, collect data and establish facts.

Computer Skills:  High level of computer literacy and proficient in MS Office (Word, Excel and Outlook), electronic medical records and use of a web browser.

Physical Demands:  The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Movement within health center complex environment repeatedly throughout the day
  • Ability to write by hand, use phone, use computer keyboard and mouse extensively to perform general office functions
  • Manual wrist and finger dexterity and wrist-finger speed sufficient to perform repetitive actions for extended periods of time
  • Ability to effectively communicate by hearing continuously and speech in a manner which can be understood by a diverse population
  • Ability to give and follow verbal and written instructions with attention to detail and accuracy
  • Must have visual acuity near and far (20 inches to 20 feet), depth perception, field of vision, ability to focus on an object, ability to identify and distinguish colors
  • Ability to sit or stand for extended periods of time (minimum periods of one (1) hour at a time)
  • Ability to frequently walk, bend, squat, stoop, kneel, twist, crouch, and climb with the use of a step stool
  • Ability to grasp, hold and pick up and reach with hands and arms
  • Ability to frequently lift and or move up to fifteen (15) pounds
  • Ability to occasionally lift and carry up to thirty-five (35) pounds (periodic lifting of supplies or equipment)
  • Ability to coordinate multiple tasks simultaneously
  • Ability to travel to and from other health center sites and community locations

Petaluma Health Center is an equal opportunity employer.

Please apply directly through our career page at