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Scholarship information

Scholarship applications for our Fall 2017 training are due August 13th!!! See below for information on how to apply.

Our scholarship information meeting is scheduled for August 3rd, 11:30a – 12:30p at East Lake United Methodist Church (7753 1st Ave. South, Birmingham, AL 35206). Come learn about the application process and get all your questions answered!!! Attendance is encouraged, but not required, for all potential scholarship applicants.

After you have read this information about scholarships, and verified that you will be available for all classes by reviewing this list of Important dates and deadlines,  please use one of these methods to apply for a scholarship
1.  You can print this PDF,  complete it and mail it to us at 976 Linwood Rd., Birmingham, AL 35222.
It is also a fill-able form, so you can download it, open it in Acrobat Reader, fill it out and then print and mail, or save and email to [email protected].
2.  You can download this Word Document, fill it out and email it to us at [email protected]

Please print out this list of Important Dates and Deadlines for scholarship applicants for your reference.

BirthWell Partners is a publicly supported charity that depends on scholarship recipients to serve women who could not otherwise afford doula services. Our program is based on a win-win premise. In return for extensive training, mentoring and finding your first doula clients, scholarship recipients commit to providing pro-bono services to low-resource clients recruited by BirthWell Partners.  In this way, doulas attend the births required for certification and gain valuable on-the-job experience.

As a scholarship recipient, the doula services you will provide for each pregnant client includes: two prenatal visits, birth support, and two postpartum visits.  This means being “on-call” 24 hours a day, seven days a week for a period of two-three weeks before the woman’s due date and until her baby is born (at most, three weeks after her due date.)  Once the baby is born you are no longer on call, but do need to remain available to provided needed postpartum services.

Guidelines for Applicants

Applicants for BirthWell Partners’ birth doula scholarships must:

•  be at least 21 years of age

•  live within the greater Birmingham area, Tuscaloosa or Anniston

•  have their own transportation

•  have a valid driver’s license and automobile liability insurance

•  have financial need

We Look at a Range of Applicants:  We know that some of our applicants will move on to missionary work outside the country, some will use doula training as a stepping stone to midwifery training, some are public health professionals who will use this experience to enhance their careers and create better policies for maternal and child health, some will become professional doulas in affluent communities, and some will become professional doulas and serve mothers in low-income communities.

We Look at a Range of Financial Need:  Some applicants will be offered full scholarships and others will be offered partial scholarships, based on their ability to pay some of the training costs.

This approach allows us to spread our limited scholarship money to as many applicants as possible.  As one of our goals is increasing access to doula care, the more scholarships we can provide, the further we go toward meeting that goal.

If we offer you a partial scholarship, any money you can pay helps us cover our costs, and you lower the number of births you commit to attending, while still getting all of the benefits of supplemental training and mentoring.

 

Scholarship Details

The BirthWell Partners FULL scholarship includes:

            •  Introduction to Childbirth Education for Doulas (8 hours of instruction)

            •  Birth Doula Workshop (over 20 hours of instruction)

            •  Breastfeeding Class (4 hours of instruction)

            •  Perinatal Health Advocate Training (3 1/2 hours of instruction)

            •  Volunteer Doula Orientation (2 hours of instruction)

            • Birth Doula Certification Packet

            •  Matching with first doula clients and mentoring and Support from Experienced Doulas

            •  Background Screening

            •  Volunteers in good standing (completed 6 births and submitted all related paperwork)  will receive a BONUS that
covers the Birth Doula Certification Application Fee and a one year DONA membership

Scholarship recipients agree to:

            •  Submit to background screening

            •  Attend the Introduction to Childbirth Education for Doulas course

            •  Attend the Breastfeeding Class

            •  Attend the Doula Training Workshop

            •  Attend the Perinatal Health Advocate Training

            •  Attend the Volunteer Orientation

            •  Attend supplemental trainings and meetings throughout the 18 month period (at least 4 per year)

            •  Follow the official DONA Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice for Birth Doulas

            •  Provide birth doula services to 6 BirthWell Partners clients in Birmingham, Anniston or Tuscaloosa, within 18 months of attending the Birth Doula Workshop. Services per doula client include a minimum of 2 prenatal visits, attendance at the birth and a minimum of 2 postpartum visits and submission of all relevant paperwork.

            •  Check and respond to messages (email, phone, or text) within a reasonable period of time, and stay in regular communication with program staff

            •  Complete and submit documentation for each client in a timely manner

            •  Attempt to follow up with clients by phone at designated intervals for 12 months

If unforeseen circumstances arise and a recipient is unable to completely fulfill this commitment, scholarship recipients agree to repay the cost of their training at a prorated amount based on the number of births attended.  The value of this scholarship, covering the costs of training, certification, client assignment and mentoring support is over $1500.

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  1. Helen Baird Earnest

    I would love to have a scholarship for a DOULA. This is my dream please contact me. HELEN

    1. Dalia

      Hello Helen,
      We would love to have an application from you. Check back in one or two months, we should have scholarship applications open for our fall 2014 training by then

    2. Dalia

      Helen, scholarship applications are now available on the web site. Contact me if you have any questions: 205-614-3297

  2. Jessica

    When will the information for next year be available(2015)? I live in Huntsville, Al and I would like to become a doula.

    1. Dalia

      We have scheduled our next training for April, the dates are here http://www.birthwellpartners.org/doula-training/upcoming-doula-training-dates/
      I will email you the registration.

  3. Bethany

    I live in Hartselle Alabama close to Huntsville Alabama and I’m very interested in becoming a doula. I would like to get more information. Also is there a way to get help with paying for all of this?

    1. Susan

      Bethany, please email or call us. Thanks!

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