BirthWell Partners Volunteer Doulas are Perinatal Health Advocates and Community Health Worker – Doulas!
To register for our Perinatal Health Advocate Training: complete this form: Word document, or PDF
Or click here and go to the bottom of the page to register online with Paypal
Did you know that African American babies in the USA are more than twice as likely to die in their first year compared to white babies?
Did you know that African American women in this country are 3-4 times more likely to die of pregnancy related causes than white women?
Do you work with pregnant women in your community? Are you concerned about the huge inequities in birth outcomes for low-resource mothers you serve? Learn to address these problems by adding “Perinatal Health Advocate” or “Community Health Worker Doula” to your skill set.
“This is a great course for community advocates and a refresher for professionals that work with women.”
“The statistics we studies in this course on health disparities are shocking. It was very eye-opening to take this course.”
How is a Community Health Worker Doula/Perinatal Health Advocate different from a regular Birth Doula or from other Community Service Providers?
-A Birth Doula provides support directly related to pregnancy, birth and breastfeeding.
The focus is on birth!
-A Community Service Provider helps connect people with resources and support throughout the life course. The focus is on a family’s global needs!
–A Perinatal Health Advocate/Community Health Worker Doula focuses on connecting mothers with resources and support for her pregnancy, birth and for parenting. The focus is on the mother’s global needs during pregnancy, birth and the early postpartum.
A Perinatal Health Advocate understands how the environment in which a mother lives affects her pregnancy and birth.
A Perinatal Health Advocate/Community Doula is aware of the unacceptable health disparities affecting women in our communities.
Perinatal Health Advocates help connect women to the resources they need to lead healthy lives and to complete healthy pregnancies.
BirthWell Partners’ goal is for women in our communities to carry pregnancies to term, growing chunky healthy babies.
We believe that Perinatal Health Advocates help make this happen!
Do you want to be a Perinatal Health Advocate??? We would love to have you!
We hold Perinatal Health Advocate Trainings twice a year in conjunction with our regular Birth Doula Trainings. (BirthWell Partners Volunteer Doulas must attend a Perinatal Health Advocate Training and a Volunteer Orientation.)
Who should take this course?
Doulas and doulas in training
Social workers who work with women during their childbearing years
Early Head Start staff
Healthy Start staff
Labor and Delivery Nurses
Obstetricians working with mothers whose pregnancy is covered by Medicaid
WIC providers and peer counselors
Public Health students and professionals
Anyone who wants to work to address health disparities related to birth and babies in our community
This three hour training explores global and local health disparities in rates of Maternal Mortality, Infant Mortality, Preterm Birth and Low Birth Weight births. After clarifying the problem, this class lays out the four pillars of “The JJ Way” created by Jennie Joseph of Common Sense Childbirth: An approach to prenatal care that has been shown to greatly impact the health of babies born to low-resource mothers.
“I learned how to be an active listener, how to talk less and listen more.”
“This class allowed me to join all the information I learned in the doula training with community service and taught me what I can do to help mothers in Birmingham.”
Join us to learn these tested strategies and start using them to make an impact on the health of this generation, and the next!!!!
Thursday April 27th, 1:30-5:00 pm
Cost: $40 (Free for BirthWell Partners Volunteer Doulas)
Training Location: Levite Jewish Community Center (LJCC)
In the Library. Come in through the main entrance, go past the front desk turn right to go down the hall, the library is down the hall on the left hand side.
3960 Montclair Rd. Birmingham, AL 35213 (Find it on a map here)
To register complete this form: Word document, or PDF and mail with your payment to:
976 Linwood Rd.
Birmingham, AL 35222
Please make checks payable to BirthWell Partners