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Birth Doula Workshop

Oct. 2018 Birth Doula Trainees

Register NOW for any of our 2021 workshops!
There’s room for TWO MORE in the February workshop!

Our workshops usually get FULL well before the registration deadline, so don’t wait to reserve your spot!

Go here to register and pay through PayPal,
or contact us if you would prefer to register by mail. Registration deadline:  ten days before the start of any workshop, or until the workshop is full.

Work-study applications are accepted at any time.
Curious about our work-study program? Go here for more information!
Ready to apply? Download the application here in 
WORD or PDF format.

“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 birth doula workshop to complete the workshop and intro to childbirth classroom requirements for DONA Birth Doula certification (view overview of certification requirements here).

Birth Doula Training Workshop [including Introduction to Childbirth Education] $600
*Includes a tour of a Hospital Birthing Suite with hands on practice opportunities

Sept. 2020 Birth Doula Trainees

Covid-19 update: we are keeping a close eye on the trend in new cases in Alabama and in our county (Jefferson County). We continue to hold workshops in person by restricting group size to 10, requiring masks at ALL times and learning outside when possible. We will continue to follow recommendations of county health professionals and epidemiologists for Jefferson County. For this reason, plans are subject to change.

2020: Nov. 5th-8th this workshop is FULL

2021: we currently have two trainings scheduled for 2021. One in early February and one at the end of April.

Training schedule for the February training:   Room for 2 more!
Friday Feb. 5th: 9am-4pm
Saturday Feb. 6th: 9am-4pm
Sunday Feb. 7th: 10am-5pm
Monday Feb. 8th: movie night on zoom from 7-8:30pm
Friday Feb. 12th: 9am-4pm
Saturday Feb. 13th: 9-11:30am on zoom AND 1-5pm in person

Training schedule for the April training:
Friday April 23rd: 9am-4pm
Saturday April 24th: 9am-4pm
Sunday April 25th: 10am-5pm
Monday April 26th: movie night on zoom from 7-8:30pm
Friday April 30th: 9am-4pm
Saturday May 1st: 9-11:30am on zoom AND 1-5pm in person

We will be meeting in an outdoor space; a covered patio, or a well ventilated indoor space. We will all wear masks at all times and stay physically distant except for when we practice hands-on techniques. Hand washing will be frequent. Each person will have ONE person they are paired with for hands-on activities.
Participants will be responsible NOT to attend if they have any (even very mild) symptoms or have been exposed to someone with Covid-19!

This training will meet all requirements for DONA Intro to Childbirth AND Birth Doula Workshop.


Breastfeeding Class : Supporting Breastfeeding in a First Food Desert $50

2020: January 29th, June 24th (virtual), September 16th (virtual), November 11th (virtual)  –  TIME: 8:30am – 12:30pm
2021: Sundays February 14th and May 2nd: 1-5pm on Zoom

to register online for only this class go here, or register by mail here.
This class meets the breastfeeding education requirement for DONA certification.

Perinatal Health Advocate Training $40 ($30 if you choose to volunteer with BirthWell)

2020: January 29th, June 25th from 9am to noon (virtual), September 17th 9am to 12:30 (virtual), November 12th (virtual)
TIME: 9am-12:30pm Virtual

2021: Mondays February 15th and May 3rd, 9am-12:30pm on Zoom

To register online for only this class go here.
This class is not required for DONA certification. However, 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. This class IS required for all BirthWell Partners volunteer doulas.

Training location: In Birmingham.
Locations may change due to Covid-19

We usually meet at
East Lake United Methodist Church
7753 1st Avenue South
Birmingham, AL 35206


Work-study applications are accepted on an ongoing basis. Download application forms here in WORD, or PDF formats.

Our work-study program is available for residents of The Greater Birmingham Area, Anniston and Tuscaloosa! See our work-study information page for details on how to apply.

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

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

Birth Doula Workshop, including DONA required Intro to Childbirth     $600.00
Breastfeeding class                                                                                        $50.00
Perinatal Health Advocate Training                                                               $40.00
($30 for BirthWell Partners volunteers)
BWP Doula 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

“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:

Nuestros cursos son en Inglés, para información acerca del curso en Español click aquí

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

DONA Approved Birth Doula Trainer


On completion of the intensive 28-hour workshop, participants will be able to:

-Identify the significance of birth to a family.
-Define the role of the doula, and the doula’s scope of practice.
-List benefits of a doula on obstetrical outcomes from current research.
-Describe emotional and physical needs of people in labor, and those of 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 doula.
-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 since 1997, a Doula since 2008, a Doula trainer since 2013 and a breastfeeding counselor since 2005. 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.”

Registration: Go here to register through our secure PayPal account

Cancellation Policy:

To receive a full refund (minus a $50 handling fee), cancel by 20 days before your first class. After that date you may apply your payment toward any future BirthWell Partners training within one year from the date you cancel, or transfer your registration to a friend. If you do not attend and you do not cancel as above, you are responsible for the entire payment.

If you are a Doula we would love for you to be a doula with BirthWell Partners. Contact us and we’ll get you set up.

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    • Amanda Dasinger on April 18, 2013 at 2:57 am
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    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. Amanda,
      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 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!!!

    • Amber Willenbrock on November 20, 2013 at 4:49 pm
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    I am wondering when the next training is? And when the next deadline is for a scholarship?

    1. 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.

    • Holly on March 14, 2014 at 6:58 pm
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    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. 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. Hey Holly, I am now publishing info about our October 2014 training! I hope you can attend this time!

    • Harper Goodman on January 24, 2015 at 11:13 pm
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    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. 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.

    • Christina Hooper on January 17, 2016 at 1:16 am
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    Good evening- I am wondering if the Doula training in April would certify me as a postpartum doula?

    Thank you,
    Christina Hooper

    1. 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.

    • Malisa on June 12, 2016 at 11:25 am
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    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. 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!

    • Hailey Nichols on June 12, 2017 at 2:00 pm
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    I’m planning on registering for class for the fall but am unsure how to afford it. I am from Prattville but tend on practicing in Birmingham and surrounding areas is it possible for me to be eligible for the scholarships?

    1. Hi Hailey,
      So you are nearly 1 1/2 hours away from Birmingham. We would be happy to consider a scholarship application from you, but I don’t know if we would be able to make it work. Have a look at your finances and see if you think you could pay part of the workshop fees. We are happy to work out a payment plan if that would help. I would be glad to chat with you on the phone different ideas and about our scholarship program. Give me a call if you want 205-614-3297.

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    • daliaabrams on February 15, 2019 at 6:28 pm
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    • Summer Washington on July 24, 2019 at 2:12 pm
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    Hello, do you still offer Scholarships for training/certification?

    1. hello. YES we offer a work-study option. Sorry I didn’t see this sooner. please look here for details and contact me if you have questions: by email [email protected]

    • Michelle on November 18, 2019 at 4:07 pm
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    A family friend wants to start their daughter, sixteen, in doula training ASAP. Is this too young?

    1. Hard to say. Depends on the sixteen year old! I’d be happy to talk to her. Call 205-614-3297

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