BirthWell Trainings

We offer a series of classes for community health workers and doulas several times a year, featuring a comprehensive DONA Birth Doula Workshop as well as other offerings.
Dates and times for scheduled trainings are here.

If you would like to host any of these workshops for your office or group, contact us to schedule 205-614-3297.

“I honestly think I’ll be a more confident doula as a result of this course”
“I learned not to necessarily be the mother’s advocate, but to help amplify the mother’s voice without interfering with the mother’s choices.”
“I learned how to not give advice, but to project her questions back t oher to get her thinking and making her own choices.”

The comprehensive doula training includes:

Learning about interventions

Learning about medical interventions

1. Introduction to Childbirth Education for Doulas this class is offered in conjunction with the birth doula workshop

2. Birth Doula Training Workshop

3. Breastfeeding class for Doulas

4. Perinatal Health Advocate Training

Sign up for the first three components to complete the classroom requirements for DONA Birth Doula certification, or choose your own combination. The fourth class (the Perinatal Health Advocate Training) is for doulas planning to work as BirthWell Partners Doulas and for anyone interested in working in their communities to support under-resource and/or marginalized families and address inequities in health outcomes.

BirthWell also holds a FREE BirthWell Doula Orientation in conjunction with our Doula trainings. This class, our breastfeeding class and the Perinatal Health Advocate Training, are a requirement for all Doulas and Doula trainees wishing to be a doula with our organization; attending births with under-resourced families.

Location: East Lake United Methodist Church
If you wish to bring a training to your city, contact me at [email protected]

Intro to Childbirth & Birth Doula Workshop      $600
Breastfeeding class                                                  $50
Perinatal Health Advocate Training        $40 ($30 for volunteer Doulas)
BirthWell Doula orientation FREE                           ($30 for background check)

To see a timeline for DONA certification, including all the requirements and costs to become certified as a DONA birth doula read this outline.

About the Birth Doula Workshop: This course is for anyone interested in assisting pregnant people and families to have a satisfying birth experience. It is designed to help participants become expert labor support providers. It uses texts and supplementary literature, video, and practical skills. Attendance constitutes one step in the process to become a DONA International-certified Doula (CD)DONA.

On completion of the intensive 21-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 the benefits of doula support on obstetrical outcomes from current reseach.
Describe emotional and physical needs of laboring women and their partners.
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 doula.
Describe the doula’s role in the prenatal period.
Describe the doula’s role in the postpartum period.
Discuss DONA International certification and membership.

About the Trainer:

Dalia Abrams has been a Childbirth Educator since 1997, a Doula since 2008 and a breastfeeding counselor since 1996. 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-certified labor Doula and approved Doula trainer and a Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator.

Dates, times and registration forms for upcoming trainings can be found here.

We offer a work-study program for our Birth Doula Workshops. Go here for information on how to apply.

BirthWell Partners’ FIRST doula training workshop. July 2011

If you are a Doula we would love for you to be a BirthWell Partners Doula volunteer. 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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Annual Doula Retreat

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Becoming a BirthWell Partners Doula

Want to be a BirthWell Partners doula? We would love to have you! What you need to do: 1. Complete our DONA approved Birth Doula Training, including Introduction to Childbirth Education for Doulas (we hold 2-3 a year in Birmingham). If you are already certified or have completed a doula training, contact us to see …

Birth Doula Workshop

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Breastfeeding Training

BirthWell Partners Breastfeeding Training:Encouraging and Supporting Breastfeeding in a First Food Desert on Zoom! 2020: January 29th          June 24th           September 16th                     November 11th TIME:   8:30 am  – 12:30 pm 2021: February 14th           May 2ndTIME:   1:00pm-5pm COST:  $50 Training location: zoom Registration: use these PDF or WORD documents, or register using pay pal on this page.Registration …

Perinatal Health Advocate Training

BirthWell Partners Volunteer Doulas are Perinatal Health Advocates and Community Health Worker – Doulas! To register for our Perinatal Health Advocate Training: complete this form: PDF or WORD document. Or click here to register using our secure Paypal account. On Zoom! 2020: January 29th June 25th September 17th November 12th 9am-12:30pm 2021: February 15th 9am-12:30pm …

Work-Study Program information

Work-Study applications for our comprehensive birth doula workshops are accepted on an ongoing basis. See below for information on how to apply. If you are accepted to the work-study program you will be invited to attend a scheduled workshop within one year. Be sure to read all of the information about the work-study program in …


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    • Paige Morrison on July 30, 2011 at 5:50 pm
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    Having lots of fun talking pregnancy and childbirth this weekend!

    • Kimberly L. Dees on July 30, 2011 at 6:11 pm
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    The Birth Well Partners Doula Workshop is well underway. It is day two and we are having an awesome time. The prospective doulas are bonding and sharing their stories. There is a real sense of comradery, and the information is awesome!!! We go from laughing to wiping tears as we share and learn together.

    Thank you Dalia, Susan and Rayna, you are the best. I appreciate the sacrifices you have made to make this high quality training available.


    • natalie on July 30, 2011 at 10:24 pm
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    Thank you for providing doula training! I am really enjoying all the information and sharing of birthstories 🙂

    • Sarah McPhearson Patterson on July 30, 2011 at 11:17 pm
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    This weekend has been a fabulous experience of new found knowledge and new found sisters… =)

    • Roxanne on July 31, 2011 at 1:12 am
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    Thank You for providing this workshop! I am having a blast learning, sharing, and spending time with a truly incredible group of ladies.

    • Stacey on February 6, 2012 at 3:22 am
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    Peace, love and many blessings to all of the NEW doulas, trainers (Marlo and Lisi) and Dalia and Susan. I just wanted to express my extreme gratitude, appreciation and awe at the knowledge, power, intuitive wisdom and joy that was shared during my weekend training as a 2012 volunteer doula. I learned a lot about the birth process as it relates to the majority of women’s birthing journey. I also learned a lot about my own personal views and as it relates to others’ birthing journey. As someone who had (what I like to call) an intuitive birth (allowing my body and intuition to work together to bring my baby into the world), along with the support, love and encouragement from my husband, mother (& MIL) and midwives…I was blown away by many of my other doula sisters’ birth stories of surrendering to what they hadn’t planned for (most were polar opposite of their original birth plan.) It further confirmed how powerful, amazing and INTUITIVE ALL OUR births are.

    I look forward to being apart of many other intuitive births.

    Thank to all who shared their experiences, stories and tears!!!

    • Natasha on March 31, 2015 at 2:36 pm
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    I really want to be a doula fully trained. I myself have birthed 6 children and . I am 34 years of age. Also I am in full receipt of benefits so will need a scholarship of some sort. Please let me know upcoming courses in Birmingham or Worcester. Many thanks

    1. Hello Natasha,
      Dates for our next training are up on this page here
      Scholarship information is here
      I hope you will apply for a scholarship for our next training taking place Sept. 30-Oct. 5. Sorry I don’t check these messages often. But you can email me for more info at [email protected] any time! Thanks for your interest!

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