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What my Doula did for ME

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Doula: Proven to benefit your labor Having a Doula at your birth is proven to reduce your chances of a c-section and improve your birth experience. Doulas are there to support the mother during one of the most exciting AND challenging times of her life. A doula provides the mother with physical, emotional, and informational …

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Meet Anne Pautler: BirthWell Partners volunteer and DONA certified doula


The grassroots assistance that BirthWell Partners offers in promoting women’s health services is invaluable in the greater Birmingham community. BWP has given me the opportunity to do outreach at women’s health fairs, attend and support community childbirth education classes, and serve low-resource mothers during pregnancy and birth. This organization works tirelessly to promote and support …

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Meet Bethany Boggan: BirthWell Partners volunteer and DONA certified doula

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September 2016 Being a doula has taught me a lot over the past several years. It’s taught me to listen, to be more empathetic, and the best ways to show empathy. Sometimes all one needs is someone to listen. Someone to hold on to who will tell them they’re not alone. As a birth doula …

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Meet Rebekah Teel: BirthWell Partners volunteer and DONA certified doula


   I received the BirthWell Partners Scholarship in October of 2013. Since that time I have been privileged to attend 10 births as a volunteer doula for women in need. And even though my “obligation” as a volunteer has been fulfilled, I continue to offer my services free of charge on a regular basis. Why …

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Meet Rashauna Carter, former doula client and current doula volunteer!


May 2016 BirthWell Partners Community Doula Project has impacted my life in ways that leave me humbled and thankful. My journey with BirthWell started as a client and has continued with my completing Doula training, and currently working on becoming DONA certified. When I encountered BirthWell Partners I had lost my corporate career and had …

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Thank you to UABs Benevolent Fund

Thank you to UABs Benevolent Fund for awarding us a grant to provide childbirth education in the community, paired with training a doula from that community to serve the families in the class!!!

Thank you to the Caring Foundation

We would like to extend a HUGE thank you to The Caring Foundation of Blue Cross Blue Shield of AL for continuing to support our Community Doula Project. For the third year running, this foundation has supported the training of new doulas to provide pregnancy and labor support for low-resource moms in our community! Thank …

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BirthWell Partners awarded grant from the Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham

We are grateful to announce that we have been awarded a grant from the Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham to “improve access to care for vulnerable populations.” We will be using the funds to assist us in our work of training community doulas, providing birth doula services to low-resource women, and facilitating our Birth Stories …

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Upcoming doula trainings SCHEDULED!

We have set dates for our next TWO Doula trainings! Oct. 2014 and April 2015! Look here for details. Tell your friends to register! We are already accepting scholarship applications for the October 2014 training!!!

6th bi-annual Doula Training!!!

We are starting our SIXTH Comprehensive Birth Doula Training tomorrow! Thank you to all who have registered. We have an exciting weekend filled with learning, hands-on practice and role plays! And, we are introducing a NEW component “Community Doula Training” focused on understanding the impact of the environment on health for women and their babies, …

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