A professional who provides unwavering physical, emotional, and informational support for a mother in preparation for, during, and/or after childbirth.
While it is not required to be certified in the United States, it is highly recommended to follow a training program that offers certification to uphold the highest levels of community and professional standards.
Women in the Black community report that when they had a doula who looked like them, and had a similar cultural background, they had a more positive birth experience because they felt more comfortable communicating their needs and wishes without feeling judged. As often as possible, women should have access to providers to whom they can relate.
While there is no age limit to becoming a doula, we are requiring our applicants to be at least 18 years of age. It is not required to have any previous training or education for this program.
MMBA will be offering scholarships to POC to take the International Black Doula Institute training offered by DMV Birth Doulas, LLC. The scholarship will cover the full-price of the training and a living stipend to cover hours in class and for studying. DMV Birth Doulas, LLC is a black-owned, full-spectrum doula agency that provides services to the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia area including family planning, prenatal counseling, all-inclusive doula support, postpartum services, placenta encapsulation, and an in-person and virtual doula training program. MMBA’s scholarship will cover students studying in the program remotely. To learn more, visit their website here: www.dmvbirthdoulasllc.com
Nope! If chosen as a scholarship winner, MMBA will cover the full price of the doula training as well as provide a living stipend while in the program. The value of the scholarship will be valued up to $1,500, depending on the individual award.
A one of a kind curriculum that will teach current or aspiring birth workers how to adequately provide support and education to families throughout pregnancy, labor, birth and early postpartum transition. This 12 hour course will teach about the anatomy and physiological changes affiliated with pregnancy and childbirth, stages of labor, medicated/unmedicated births, surgical birth, challenges and complications of pregnancy and birth, informed consent, maternal mortality statistics, advocacy, doula communication and professionalism, labor and delivery medical procedures, hospital equipment and supplies, anatomy of the placenta, and start-up of a birth business.
This 3 day training that covers, pregnancy & childbirth doula training, postpartum and newborn doula training, lactation and breastfeeding class, placenta encapsulation training, doula business strategy class, and Bengukung belly binding. At the completion of this 3 day training you will receive the following credentials: Certified Pregnancy & Birth Doula, Certified Postpartum & Newborn Doula Specialist, Certified Placenta Encapsulator, Certificate of completion" of a breastfeeding course. MMBA will be providing extra education/mentoring around breastfeeding after the doula class has been completed
Yes, at the close of the training, an exam will be administered. Upon passing, the doula will then receive access to the International Black Doula Institute's facebook group for three months as part of the mentorship requirement. At the close of the mentorship program, the doula will receive a certificate of completion of mentorship.
By offering scholarships for people of color who desire to become doula we are addressing the cultural health disparities that exist in Austin in communities of color by breaking down barriers that keep POCs from becoming doulas. Our goal is to support black families in Austin disproportionately affected by high prematurity and infant mortality and low breastfeeding rates. Providing a doula certification component to our programs provides members of the community the opportunity to be trained to do the same.
Definitely! After certification, it is common that doulas are able to begin their practice within the community. Additionally, part of the International Black Doula Institute training will include a Doula Business Strategy class to discuss the basics and important strategies for having a sustainable practice through the use of social media.