BirthWell Partners is non-profit that makes doula training and doula services more equitable and accessible, in order to improve the health of families and communities in Central Alabama.
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.