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Oct. 2018 Birth Doula Trainees

We have added another 2019 training taking place October and November!

Registration is open for the October/November 2019 and January and June 2020 workshops. 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:  October 19th.
The new work-study application  deadline is September 23rd. 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 first two components to complete the classroom requirements for DONA Birth Doula certification (view overview of certification requirements here). Don’t want to do them both right now? Choose your own combination:

Next registration deadline October 19th, 2019

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

2019: September 19th – 22nd [registration deadline Sept. 9th] FULL

2019: October and November. This training has a special weekday schedule as follows:
      Tuesday Oct. 29th: 8:30 am – 5:30 pm Doula Training Workshop (Day 1)
Tuesday Nov. 5th: 8:30 am – 5:30 pm Doula Training Workshop (Day 2)
Tuesday Nov. 12th: 8:30 am – 5:30 pm Doula Training Workshop (Day 3)
      Tuesday Nov. 19th: 8:30 am – 5:30 pm Doula Training Workshop (Day 4)  

2020: January 23rd – 26th [registration deadline January 13th]
          June (tentative) 11th – 14th [registration deadline June 1st]
          November (dates TBD)

Birth Doula Workshop Training schedule for 2020 workshops:
Day 1: Thursday, 8:30 am – 5:00 pm
Day 2: Friday, 8:30 am – 5:00 pm
Day 3: Saturday, 8:30 am  – 6:00 pm
Day 4:  Sunday, 8:30 am – 5:00 pm

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

2019: September 25th
2019: November 21st
2020: January 29th, June 17th (tentative), November (TBD)
TIME: 8:30am – 12:30pm
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)

2019: September 25th
2019: November 21st
2020: January 29th, June 17th (tentative), November (TBD)
TIME: 1:30 – 5:00pm
to register online for only this class go here, or register by mail 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:
East Lake United Methodist Church
7753 1st Avenue South
Birmingham, AL 35206


Work-study application deadline for the 2019-2020 trainings is September 23rd. Download application forms here in WORD, or PDF formats.
Workshop registration deadline for the Oct./Nov. training is October 19th.

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

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: East Lake United Methodist Church
7753 1st Avenue South
Birmingham, AL 35206


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)
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


“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 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 accou

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 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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    • 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]

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