About BirthWell Partners

BirthWell Partners is not-for-profit a community doula project whose mission is to improve the health of low-resource families and their infants in Central Alabama by offering free and reduced-cost childbirth education, breastfeeding assistance, and non-medical labor support provided by birth doulas.

How it works: 

We facilitate trainings for women who want to be doulas. Those with financial need can apply for a scholarship to cover the cost of attaining a Doulas of North America (DONA) Birth Doula certification.

As part of the certification process, trainees need to attend 3 documented births. For many doulas, this means actually attending more than three births, just because of the unpredictable nature birth. In return for a full scholarship, our trainees volunteer to attend 6 births with women and teens that we have identified who cannot afford to pay for the care of a doula.  Women who receive a partial scholarship commit to attending births for 3-5 women. Women who pay for the training can choose to volunteer with our program and receive additional mentoring and be matched with their first clients.

It’s a win-win proposition: Doulas are trained in a marketable skill and at-risk mothers get the known benefits of doula support for free or greatly reduced cost.

One of our volunteers talks about what matters most to her about our organization and what we do.

Download a printable BirthWell Partners brochure.


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Board of Directors

BirthWell Partners Board of Directors 2018   Beverly Brown, BSN Beverly Brown is a nurse manager at the Jefferson County Department of Health and also has over 20 years of experience as an ICEA (International Childbirth Education Association) childbirth educator. She has taught childbirth education classes for the Jefferson County Health Department, and teaches and …


  Dalia Abrams, M.A., M.P.H. Executive Director of Program Operations DONA Approved Birth Doula Trainer DONA Certified Labor Doula Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator Certified Lactation Specialist     Susan Petrus, M.A. Executive Director of Business Operations DONA Certified Labor Doula Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator

Program Outcomes

Since we started this program, we have been collecting outcome data in order to assess the impact of doula services on maternal and infant health Publications: Improving birth and breastfeeding outcomes among low resource women in Alabama by including doulas in the interprofessional birth care team. Thurston, Abrams, et. al. Journal of Interprofessional Education & …