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May 2013 TraineesRegistration is now LIVE for our April 2017 training. Go to the bottom of this page to register and pay with PayPal, or click this PDF to register by mail. Registration deadline: April 10th. Scholarship Application deadline is March 16th.

“Amazing course. I learned more on the first day of the course than I have in the last year of research.”
“I learned so much! I really appreciated the time spent on scope of practice. That clarified for me what a doula really does!”

Sign up for the first three components to complete the classroom requirements for DONA Birth Doula certification. Don’t want to do them all right now? Choose your own combination:

April 2017  registration deadline April 10th

Introduction to Childbirth Education for Doulas (approved for 8.4 nursing CEUs) $100 alone, or $50 when combined with Birth Doula Workshop
Wednesday April 19th, 8:30 am – 6:30 pm (Required for DONA certification)

Birth Doula Training Workshop (approved for 22.4 nursing CEUs)
(Required for DONA certification) $450
Day 1: Friday April 21st, 8:30 am – 5:00 pm
Day 2: Saturday April 22nd, 8:30 am  – 6:00 pm
Day 3:  Sunday April 23rd, 8:30 am – 5:00 pm (may include a morning tour of
a Baptist Hospital Birthing Suite)

Breastfeeding Class for Doulas (approved for 3.5 nursing CEUs, and 3.25 L-CERPs) $50
Thursday April 27th, 8:30am – 12:30pm (to register for only this class go here). This class meets the breastfeeding education requirement for DONA certification.

Perinatal Health Advocate Training $40
Thursday April 27th, 1:30 – 5:00pm (to register for only this class go PDF). This class is not required for DONA certification. It is a great opportunity to broaden your understanding of maternal and infant health disparities in our communities, and to learn how a doula can help address these problems.

Scholarship application deadline for the April 2017 training is March 16th, 2016. Workshop registration deadline is April 10th, 2016.

BirthWell also holds a Volunteer Orientation associated with every training. The orientation and the Perinatal Health Advocate Training are requirements for all Doulas and Doula trainees wishing to volunteer with our organization; attending births with low resource mothers.

 “Today was a whirlwind of information… I realized that doulas play an incredibly important role in empowering women to choose how they birth!”

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)


Intro to Childbirth Ed. Workshop                    $100.00
Birth Doula Workshop ONLY                          $450.00
Intro + Birth Doula Workshop combined     $500.00
Breastfeeding class                                           $50.00

Perinatal Health Advocate Training              $40.00 (FREE for BirthWell Partners volunteers)
Volunteer orientation                                         FREE ($30 for background check)

To see all the requirements to become certified as a DONA birth Doula visit the DONA web site here

Scholarships are available for residents of The Greater Birmingham Area, Anniston and Tuscaloosa! See our Scholarship Information page for information on how to apply. The scholarship application deadline is  March 16th for the April 2017 training.
Download a scholarship application as a PDF or a Word Document.
Be sure to print these important dates and deadlines for scholarship applicants for the April 2017 training.

“So grateful to Dalia and Susan for my doula journey through BirthWell Partners. It has been a wonderful experience. I loved my training and the support I have received from them”

About the Birth Doula Workshop:

This course is for anyone interested in supporting families during pregnancy, the birth experience and the first hours and weeks after their baby is born.  It is designed to help participants become expert labor support providers. We use hands-on instruction supported by texts and supplementary literature, DVDs, and practical skills. You won’t be sitting around during this workshop! Activities and discussions are designed to prepare you to attend births with confidence!
Attendance constitutes one step in the process of becoming a DONA Int’l.-certified Doula (CD)DONA.

On completion of the intensive 22-hour workshop, participants will be able to:

-Identify the significance of birth to a family.
-Define the role of the doula, and her scope of practice.
-List benefits of a doula on obstetrical outcomes from current research.
-Describe emotional and physical needs of laboring women
and their support people.
-Demonstrate helpful labor positions, recognize onset of
labor and identify progress during labor.
-Demonstrate non-pharmaceutical pain reduction methods.
-Discuss VBACs and Cesarean delivery and the role of the
-Describe the doula’s role in the prenatal period.
-Describe the doula’s role in the postpartum period.
-Discuss DONA International certification process and membership benefits.

“I learned how all the hormones work in conjunction with each other and how interrupting this process can effect a lot of things!”

“The training was amazing! It was overwhelming at times because of all that I was learning, however, it really helped me to realize that being a doula was the right choice for me.”

This workshop includes a guided tour of a Labor and Delivery Suite in Birmingham. 

Dalia Abrams

Dalia Abrams

About the Trainer:

Dalia Abrams, M.A., M.P.H., BDT (DONA) CD(DONA),
Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator, CLC
Dalia has been a Childbirth Educator for nearly 20 years, a Doula for over 8 years and a breastfeeding counselor for over 10 years. Dalia is the co-founder of BirthWell Parnters and owner of BirthWise in Birmingham, the longest running doula and childbirth educator group in Birmingham. She is a DONA International-Approved Doula trainer, a DONA certified birth doula and a Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator.

“My training was invaluable. A super amazingly huge part of my difficult healing process and preparation for my second child’s birth.”


Please indicate if you will be attending the Weekend option or the Sundays option.
If you wish to use a payment plan, you must first contact Dalia to work out a plan, then choose that option below or make a note of it with your mailed registration.

Registration Options
Payment Plan schedule

Or download registration forms here:
PDF or Word Document formats

If you are a Doula we would love for you to be a BirthWell Partners volunteer Doula. First we need you to attend a Volunteer Orientation and Perinatal Health Advocate Training. Contact us and we’ll sign you up.

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  1. Amanda Dasinger

    Hi, I see I have missed the deadline for a scholarship for the Doula training program for
    spring 2013. I don’t see any other way I could afford to take these classes.(my husband has been out of work for 6 weeks)
    so I was wondering if you could give me a little information about the scholarships and maybe I can try again
    next time. I was blessed by BirthWell when I could not afford to hire a doula, but desperately needed one.
    I had such a wonderful experience in my 2nd natural birth (with my first I did not have a doula) that I feel
    very strongly that I want other women to have the beautiful experience that I did! I am very passionate about
    birth in general, I entered a whole new world when I got pregnant with my first. I am also hoping you could give me some
    advice as to things I can do or books I can read while I am waiting for the chance to take the certifying classes.
    Thank you so much for your time and your wonderful program for low income women!
    ~Amanda Dasinger

    1. Dalia

      so sorry you missed the deadline. We will be doing another training in the fall, probably October. Keep an eye on our facebook as we will post on there when we have scheduled another training. The information on how to apply for a scholaraship is here http://www.birthwellpartners.org/scholarship-information/. read through it and send me and/or Susan an email letting us know you are interested. We will then be able to easily contact you when it is time for the next go around. As a mother who benefited from our program, having you come and become a doula would be wonderful! I can’t promise you a scholarship at this time, we have an application process, but we would LOVE to have you apply. I hope this is helpful!!!

  2. Amber Willenbrock

    I am wondering when the next training is? And when the next deadline is for a scholarship?

    1. Dalia

      Hey Amanda,
      the next training will be April 3-7. scholarship deadline will be about 8 weeks before that. But it’s never too early to apply.

  3. Holly

    Hey! I wont be able to attend this spring training. If there one around october? My daughter is 6 weeks. I also have an 18 Month old.

    1. Dalia

      Hi Holly,
      Yes there will be another in October. Check back in about 2 months we should have it posted by then. By the way, babies in arms are welcome to the training if you want to bring your 6 week old.

      1. Dalia

        Hey Holly, I am now publishing info about our October 2014 training! I hope you can attend this time!

  4. Harper Goodman

    Dalia, I just spoke with you on the phone. I noticed the guidelines for the scholarship required one to be 21 years old. Is that just for the scholarship or the training aswell? I am not quite 20, so I may not be able to attend this year.

    1. Dalia

      Hello Harper, sorry I am just seeing this. The age requirement is only for being a volunteer, and for the scholarship. And that’s for legal reasons. Nothing to do with your ability to be a fantastic doula! You can absolutely attend the doula training.

  5. Christina Hooper

    Good evening- I am wondering if the Doula training in April would certify me as a postpartum doula?

    Thank you,
    Christina Hooper

    1. Dalia

      Hi Christina, sorry I didn’t reply sooner. I only saw this comment today. The doula training in April is a Birth doula training. Not a postpartum doula training.IF you are interested in a postpartum training, please contact Christina Terrell ([email protected]), she is trying to organize one here in the Birmingham area.

  6. Malisa

    Hi Dalia 🙂

    I am interested in registering for the October course. When I click on the payment options, however, they all say April. Just a little confused. 😉

    – Malisa

    1. Dalia

      Hi Malisa,
      Sorry about that. We haven’t updated it yet. Also, I am working on finalizing the dates. At this moment in time, the intro class will be on either Tuesday OCt. 18th OR Wed. Oct. 19th. The three day workshop will be Fri. Sat. and Sun Oct. 20, 21, 22 and the Breastfeeding class will be on Oct. 31st.
      If these dates are fine for you, you can register for it using the April links that are there and email me so I know what you meant to register for. The best way to reach me is through email: [email protected]. I sometimes miss messages here. Thanks!

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